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

What do journalists do when they can’t write about the news?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “the one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” Recently, for some reason, Turkish journalists have been taking this duty upon themselves.

Comment(s) 4/11/2015

Show trials are bad for the investment climate

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Looking for an area to really impact the G-20? Look no further than the IMF.

Comment(s) 4/4/2015

Imagine what Turks went through during WWI

GÜVEN SAK writes:

On March 18, 1915, British and French naval forces launched a campaign on Turkish positions in the Dardanelles. They failed. The date has been ingrained in my head since childhood

Comment(s) 3/21/2015

Why do Turks overestimate themselves?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

They do! That, at least, is what a recent survey says. According to the OECD, only 3 percent of people in Turkey say that they are underqualified for their current jobs.

Comment(s) 3/14/2015

Why are the Turks obsessed with interest rates?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

We have been here before. It was no more than a decade and a half ago that our country’s politics steered our economy into the ditch.

Comment(s) 3/7/2015

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