Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

July 30, 2021

Many news outlets carried stories in mid-July of the Turkish government’s condemnation of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upholding a ban on headscarves in certain circumstances, in which an employer wishes to convey a “neutral image.” In doing so, it is weighing into the...

Putting the Turkey Coup in Historical Perspective

September 03, 2016

Had the Turkey coup been successful, it would have spelled disaster for the country. When a military coup shook Greece in 1967, it exposed the country to a brutal military dictatorship that brought numerous internal and external losses for the Greek people. Recalling this part of Greek history,...

Turkey Coup Derails the Missed EU Train

August 22, 2016

The European Union’s position vis-à-vis the failed coup attempt in Turkey has put another dent in Ankara-Brussels relations. On July 15, as rebel pilots were still flying sorties over Ankara and Istanbul, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “Whatever our other...

Purge Risks Weakening Turkish Security Forces

July 22, 2016

Erdogan will likely use the momentum of the crackdown to support his efforts to increase the presidency’s executive powers. The short-lived coup attempt in Turkey was launched by a section of the armed forces on July 15 by the so-called Peace at Home Council. During the ensuing hours, 145...

How Did Turkey End Up Here?

July 18, 2016

As Turkey reels from last week’s failed coup, one-time Istanbul resident Samantha North reflects on how events have unfolded. It is sobering and painful to imagine bad fortune befalling those places you hold dear; to know that the streets that you once frequented and the bridges you once...

Turkey Coup is Erdogan’s Warning

July 18, 2016

The Turkish coup attempt may have collapsed almost before it started, but its blunders hide dangerous contests for control of the state. It is no surprise that many have regarded the failed Turkish coup d’état as a false flag event—one masterminded by the government itself. After all, in...

The World This Week: Blood on the Bosporus as Purge Follows Failed Coup

July 17, 2016

In a week of much violence, the attempted coup in Turkey marks the limits of appeals to ethnicity or religion as a basis for a state. This week has turned out to be more eventful than a Hollywood action film. In France, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old man of Tunisian origin, ploughed a...

Turkey Struggles to Make Sense of Failed Coup

July 16, 2016

Alpaslan Ozerdem reports from Turkey on a violent, thwarted attempt to take over the country by force. After the recent Ataturk Airport bombings, I wrote that Turkey is “a country with serious deficiencies in democracy, governance, the judicial system, human rights, the rule of law and —...

Is Terrorism the New Normal in Turkey?

January 12, 2016

Turkey is in a state of uncertainty. Terrorism and war in the country’s southeast are a real possibility. Since June 2015, there have been four major terrorist attacks in Turkey. One in particular, in Ankara, was the worst in Turkish history. On January 12, 2016, a bomb rocked Istanbul. At...

Will Turkey Become Erdogan’s Legacy?

November 18, 2015

President Erdogan’s goal is to stamp his legacy into the story of Turkey for all time. The recent election in Turkey has proved thought-provoking if nothing else. Unable to gain an overall majority in the country’s June general election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for...

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