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: 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...

Are Turkey’s Protests a Refutation of the Erdogan State?

June 02, 2013

The current protests in Turkey are about a government led by Prime Minister Erdogan that has stopped listening to its people. It is about a government that is increasingly restricting the media and all attempts at honest reporting about Turkey and its politics. Many are calling it the Turkish...