First Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 2012, Mexico was the first emerging economy to lead the G20. So Turkey is not the first. But those out there with unhealthy “first time ever” obsessions can take solace in Turkey being the first Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

Comment(s) 1/24/2015

Why Turkey’s transformation is confusing

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I have been hearing two seemingly contradictory tales about Turkey’s transformation lately. One ends with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election victory in 2002, while the other begins with it.

Comment(s) 1/17/2015

Let the person without sin cast the first stone

GÜVEN SAK writes:

People seem to think that Turkey has changed in some basic way in the past couple of years, that the system of 80 million people somehow shifted its stance overnight to no longer be an integral part of Western civilization.

Comment(s) 1/10/2015

How the ballot box made Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Internal migration made Turkey. Families packing up and leaving their hometowns was one of the major building blocks of our growth model.

Comment(s) 1/3/2015

The state of the Turkish economy

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Santa Claus is a citizen of Turkey – or he would have been if he was living today. In the third century, he was known as Saint Nicholas of Myra, today’s city of Demre in the province of Antalya.

Comment(s) 12/27/2014

Cuba, Turkey and the unbearable feeling of loneliness

GÜVEN SAK writes:

It takes courage to accept failure. U.S. President Barack Obama has shown the world that he can learn from the facts and abandon a long-failed policy – because U.S. policy toward Cuba has been a disaster, a remnant of the 20th century.

Comment(s) 12/20/2014

What’s the problem with the Middle East?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

What comes to your mind when you think about the Middle East? For me, it’s the low level of connectivity.

Comment(s) 12/13/2014

Why are Turkish men paying out of their noses to be exempt from military service?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I was in Israel last week, where I saw a picture of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife posing with their youngest son, who is about to be conscripted into the Israeli army

Comment(s) 12/6/2014

Actions and words in Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Here are two presidential addresses to consider from November 2014: President Barack Obama talked about net neutrality, while President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan talked about gender equality (or lack thereof).

Comment(s) 11/29/2014

Nothing personal, Mr Biden

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Have you seen the latest Pew Attitudes Survey on Turkey? Only 19 percent of Turks have a favorable opinion of the United States. The Americans I talk to appear to be offended by this.

Comment(s) 11/22/2014

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