The Greek tragedy of Mario Draghi

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Central banking is difficult. It requires bankers not only to plan for how they think the future is going to play out, but plan for how they fear it might play out, too

Comment(s) 7/4/2015

How to talk about the big picture

GÜVEN SAK writes:

What would you do if someone asked you to summarize the major tensions of human beings on this blue planet of ours? I’m talking about the big, systemic issues – the problems of capitalism, war, climate change and development.

Comment(s) 6/27/2015

The Return of the Dispossessed

GÜVEN SAK writes:

A system with free and fair elections can iron out its own failings in unimaginable ways. The people, it turns out, are the ultimate safeguard of Turkey’s institutions.

Comment(s) 6/13/2015

Turkey’s Great Normalization

GÜVEN SAK writes:

There are two kinds of countries in the world. Ones where the election results are revealed after the ballots are counted and ones where results are known long before the first vote is cast.

Comment(s) 6/6/2015

Turks vote for no confidence every day

GÜVEN SAK writes:

It is sad to see the deterioration of Turkey’s investment environment. I hear more and more that in order to do business in Turkey, you need to hire fewer lawyers and talk to more politicians. “It’s all about finding the right connections,” they say

Comment(s) 5/30/2015

Turkey and the limits of urbanization

GÜVEN SAK writes:

We in Turkey compare ourselves to Europe. It is too often a heartbreaking exercise, which is why our persistence in the practice is so telling.

Comment(s) 5/23/2015

Why do Turks invest so much in construction?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Since the 1980s, Turkey has transformed itself from a sleepy agricultural economy to a mid-tech industrial economy

Comment(s) 5/16/2015

Public security a la Turca

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Emrullah Efendi, an Ottoman education scholar, became the minister of education in 1910. He was elected to the Ottoman Parliament in 1909 from the Kırklareli province in Thrace

Comment(s) 5/2/2015

Cracking the wall of forgetfulness

GÜVEN SAK writes:

While Pax Ottomanica was based on military might, Pax Turcica in Anatolia has been based on forgetfulness. It was too painful and too complicated for the would-be nation builders in Ankara to deal with the memory of a massive empire.

Comment(s) 4/25/2015

Why the G-20 had an asymmetric impact on the Bretton Woods twins

GÜVEN SAK writes:

April is the best time to see Washington D.C., when the cherry blossom herald the blooming spring and the weather is perfect for strolls along the Potomac river.

Comment(s) 4/18/2015

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