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...

Turkey: East Meets West or a Third Way?

October 30, 2013

90 years after its foundation, Turkey still has the potential to reconcile the East-West divide. Four days in Istanbul is a revelatory experience for someone used to living in Egypt. No matter how appealing the oft-described East-meets-West hybrid may be as a concept, to realize it is always going...

Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

August 20, 2013

The unrest gripping Turkey has less to do with Islam than with the AKP’s policies. For the time being, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with brutal police tactics that killed four people and injured more than 8,000 — appears to have successfully...

Turkey: We, the 50 Percent… (Part 2/2)

July 04, 2013

For the 50 percent who didn't vote for Turkey's Erdogan, protests have been the only alternative. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Demonstrations Outside the Gezi Park It was mostly the elderly, who cooked at home and brought food to protesters in Gezi...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

June 29, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of June. Even by recent standards, June has proven to be an historic month. Massive protests erupted in both Turkey and Brazil. In the former, the trigger was the impending destruction of Gezi Park, one of the few green places in Istanbul. What began as an...

Taksim Square: Turkey’s Turn to Protest?

June 18, 2013

Recent protests in Turkey have exposed deep seated divisions within society. But do they threaten to weaken the stability of Erdogan’s government? Background Until recently, Turkey’s citizen-government relations have remained relatively stable, overshadowed by the ever increasing...

Turkey: “Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere”

June 05, 2013

Protesters in Turkey are voicing their opposition to a democracy without democracy. Agnes Czajka and Bora Isyar analyze the build-up to the protests and the issues at stake. Taking a page out of the playbook of dictators from Damascus to Algiers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has...

Turkey: Taksim is Not (Yet) Tahrir

June 03, 2013

Comparisons between Taksim and Cairo’s Tahrir Square are tempting. The protests in Turkey constitute a warning that maintenance of Erdogan’s style of government could turn Taksim into Tahrir. Almost a week of countrywide protests in Turkey have left an indelible mark on the...