Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

April 03, 2019

While the opposition hails the beginning of the end for Turkey’s ruling party, local election setbacks might actually be a blessing in disguise. Just when you thought the ship was steadying, last weekend brought another tumultuous moment in Turkish politics. Local and mayoral elections that...

Erdogan’s Rising Hegemony in Turkey

November 05, 2015

In the Turkish elections, President Erdogan passed another critical threshold on his political journey. When the results of June’s parliamentary elections necessitated a coalition to form a government in Turkey, most analysts accurately predicted that this wouldn’t happen and that President...

Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

September 15, 2015

The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey. It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for a...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The People’s President

August 08, 2014

The Turkish presidential election will be Erdogan’s finest hour and reveal the dearth of an alternative vision. The Turkish presidential election of August 10 is the second of a three-part political drama unfolding in Turkey in a little over a year. The opening salvo was the March 2014 local...

What Thailand Can Learn From Turkey

June 18, 2014

Thailand needs to learn from Turkey’s experience of military coups and political rivalry. With the announcement of Thailand’s twelfth full-blown coup since 1932 on May 25, the country’s steady slide into paralysis and military rule is complete. It marks a new low for a country that was...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

February 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

Turkey’s Corruption Crisis: A Political Probe

January 29, 2014

Turkey’s recent corruption probe is politically motivated. Corruption cases have a devastating impact on political parties. Turkey was recently hit by a corruption probe that shook the country's government. On December 17, 2013, Turkish police detained over 50 people as part of...

The Muslim Brotherhood: Islam and Democracy in Egypt

January 24, 2014

Despite mounting pressure, the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to take up arms. Whether or not the Arab Spring heralded a democratic transition in the Arab world, it was significant in the sense that even political parties with a predominantly Islamic ideology took to the streets demanding justice...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

January 23, 2014

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

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