The time has come to revoke Turkey’s NATO membership (but offer it a lifeline)
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The time has come to revoke Turkey’s NATO membership (but offer it a lifeline)

By: Austin Luce The idea of removing Turkey from the ranks of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would send shockwaves through the international community. Never before has the alliance ousted a member, as the need for unity, especially in the days where a war with the Soviet Union seemed like a real possibility, always superseded … Continue reading

Many Problems with Neighbours: The Ankara Attack and the Fragility of the Erdoğan Era
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Many Problems with Neighbours: The Ankara Attack and the Fragility of the Erdoğan Era

By: Jackson Webster On October 10th 2015, two suicide bombings shook Ankara, the Turkish capital, killing almost 100 Turks and wounding hundreds more. As if the death toll was not tragic enough, the victims of the explosions were peace demonstrators. The march in Ankara last Saturday was protesting the current government’s refusal to accept the … Continue reading

Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism
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Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism

By Gonenc Uysal: After years of civil war in Syria, that has caused more than 210,000 – mostly civilian – deaths, the international community has recently been shaken by videos of war crimes undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These have included beheadings and mass executions, sexual slavery, child soldiers … Continue reading

Presidency à la Erdogan: A Perspective on the System of Government and the Future of Turkey
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Presidency à la Erdogan: A Perspective on the System of Government and the Future of Turkey

By Gonenc Uysal: Turkey had increasingly staged discussions about the system of government when Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkey should have presidency in November 2012[1] (the Turkish system of government is located between parliamentarism and semi-presidentialism).[2] Although the system is parliamentarian, the Constitution of 1982 broadened the President’s fundamental executive, legislative and juridical competences … Continue reading

From the Gezi Parki protests to the Democratisation Package
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From the Gezi Parki protests to the Democratisation Package

by Gonenc Uysal It has been just over six months since the start of Gezi Parki protests on 30th May. Amnesty International constantly reported widespread and systematic abusive force and called on police to desist. Amnesty also published a report on the Gezi Parki protests which documented the casualties and the most serious injuries: In … Continue reading

Unrest in Turkey: from ‘3 or 5 trees’ to ‘democracy’
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Unrest in Turkey: from ‘3 or 5 trees’ to ‘democracy’

By Gonenc Uysal Recently, the Municipal Government of Istanbul decided to rebuild the Taksim Military Barracks (Topcu Kislasi) in Taksim as either a shopping mall or a hotel. This project involves building over much of Gezi Parki, in Taksim. However, Mayor of Istanbul Topbas and AKP (Justice and Development Party) officials including PM Erdogan denied … Continue reading