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

No victor but so many victims

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Reading the Barack Obama interview by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, I have come to the conclusion that we still do not know how to go from diagnosis to policy action.

Comment(s) 8/16/2014

Part-time terrorists and the dwindling Turkish-Iraqi trade

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I was lately struck by a rather recent story from Gaziantep. It is so ordinary and so horrible at the same time. It is about part-time terrorists and the dwindling Turkish-Iraqi trade

Comment(s) 8/9/2014

The condition of women in Turkey is no laughing matter

GÜVEN SAK writes:

It is indeed Mr. Arınç, who shall not laugh when it comes to talking about women in Turkey. He should do what he usually does: Start weeping

Comment(s) 8/2/2014

Cohabitation alla Turca

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Turkey is about to set sail in uncharted waters. Starting Aug. 29, we are going to have a directly elected president

Comment(s) 7/26/2014

How did it happen in Turkey but not elsewhere?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

On the plane to Sydney, Australia this week, I took to reading Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s “The Time Regulation Institute” (1961). I had time; the flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney takes 12 hours.

Comment(s) 7/19/2014

How ISIL activity is bad for Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Two things are happening at once. First of all, it is getting increasingly harder to send trucks down to Iraq. Secondly, Iraqi import demand is declining rather rapidly

Comment(s) 7/12/2014

Is İhsanoğlu David to Erdoğan’s Goliath?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Turkey is going to elect its 12th president this year, with the election’s first round to be held on Aug. 10.

Comment(s) 7/5/2014

A draft bill on ‘you-know-what’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Can you solve a problem by not naming it? That is how the Kurdish reconciliation process has been managed so far. Now, a new draft law on the issue was sent to the Turkish Parliament last week.

Comment(s) 6/28/2014

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