Tag: Justice and Development Party

Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

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...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

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

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

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

Turkey’s Corruption Crisis: A Political Probe

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...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

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...

The Geopolitical Donut: Turkey and the Iran Deal

The Geopolitical Donut: Turkey and the Iran Deal

The Iran deal could be a window of opportunity for Turkey. Amid the hubbub of excited chatter surrounding the initial six-month deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 over Tehran's nuclear program, it is worth casting our minds back to an earlier age. Indeed, May 17, 2010, seems like another...

Turkey: East Meets West or a Third Way?

Turkey: East Meets West or a Third Way?

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...

Beyond Islamism (Part 2/2)

Beyond Islamism (Part 2/2)

Muslim-majority societies are crying out for an intellectual revolution. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Perhaps it is time to review priorities, to shift the paradigm; perhaps it is time for political Islam to cease being intrinsically political. After a century of...

Beyond Islamism (Part 1/2)

Beyond Islamism (Part 1/2)

Muslim-majority societies are crying out for an intellectual revolution. This is the first of a two part series. Islamism — or “political Islam” — is not dead. Those who have proclaimed its demise, or trumpeted the advent of a “post-Islamist” era, are...

Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

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...

Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

Dreams of liberty and opportunity are sometimes long deferred, but they cannot be forever denied. With the growing onslaught of ethnic and minority conflicts in much of the emerging world, it often appears that we are on the edge of shaking out the structure of the Westphalian state system...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 2/2)

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 2/2)

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Negotiations with the PKK The Turkish government’s handshake with a terrorist organisation, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK),...

Taksim Square: Turkey’s Turn to Protest?

Taksim Square: Turkey’s Turn to Protest?

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...

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