Is Kobane a Trojan horse for Turks?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Turkey is ambivalent on the siege of Kobane. The city lies in the Ottoman Governorate of Syria and was built in 1912 around a train station along the Baghdad Railway.

Comment(s) 10/25/2014

Is the G20 still policy relevant?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The world has changed. In the past, the most powerful seven countries were enough to govern the rest of the world.

Comment(s) 10/18/2014

How fragile we are

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I’ve had a song by Sting stuck in my head for the past two days. Remember the one that goes, “Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could/For all those born under an angry star/Lest forget how fragile we are.”

Comment(s) 10/11/2014

The tragedy of Turkish engineers

GÜVEN SAK writes:

People talking about the prospects of the Turkish economy these days keep bringing up the country’s deficiency in skills.

Comment(s) 10/4/2014

ISIL is a threat to Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I was just looking at the results of Metropoll’s latest survey on the ISIL. The results are clear: Four out of five people in Turkey consider ISIL a threat

Comment(s) 9/27/2014

Why are Islamic banks still so small?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

We do not call them Islamic banks in Turkey. Banks are banks, administrative apparatuses. In the past, they were termed “Special Finance Institutions” and only after the 2005 amendments to the Banking Law are they now called “Participation Banks.”

Comment(s) 9/20/2014

Growing discontent against Syrians in Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I was reading the key findings of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Trends 2014 survey the other day. One of them is Turks’ growing discontent with immigrants.

Comment(s) 9/13/2014

Of fake housing bubbles and Syrian refugees

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I am often asked about the housing prices in Turkey lately. My questioners often want to confirm their sense that the housing bubble is going to burst, that a year or two down the line and they’ll be able to say “I told you so.”

Comment(s) 9/6/2014

Time for a new reform agenda for Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Turkey is currently in a political transition process – a very orderly one so far. Let me tell you what we know as of this Friday. We have a new President, a new prime minister and a new council of ministers

Comment(s) 8/30/2014

Internal migration dynamics in Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I think I first heard it from Bernard Lewis – the Turks’ endless fascination in moving westward. He writes of the move from Central Asia into Anatolia and the Balkans and then ties it to modern Turkey’s bid for the European Union.

Comment(s) 8/23/2014

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