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New life and politics in Turkey: Living in limbo

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey has been in political limbo ever since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected president. This was the first time a president has been elected by popular vote, but Turkey is still a parliamentary system where executive power is in the hands of the prime minister and the Cabinet.

Comment(s) 12/15/2014

Clash of ‘non-civilizations’

NURAY MERT writes:

Nobody admits to doing so openly, but some have recently considered rethinking whether Samuel Huntington’s infamous prophecy of the “Clash of Civilizations” is actually correct after the rise of Islamism, and especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 12/1/2014

A portrait of a failing relationship: US and Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

U.S.-Turkey relations are similar to the stories of celebrities’ failing marriages. Everyone knows that the couple does not get on anymore and even cheats on each other, but both parties publicly say the marriage is going well

Comment(s) 11/24/2014

How to read a recent survey on World War I

NURAY MERT writes:

It was very interesting to read an interview by Barçın Yinanç in the Hürriyet Daily News on a recent British Council survey in seven countries, including Turkey and the U.K., on views of the First World War.

Comment(s) 11/17/2014

Delusions of the new order

NURAY MERT writes:

As I was reading the story of a man who was diagnosed with a rare delusional disorder, I could not avoid making a comparison with the current mental state in Turkey

Comment(s) 11/10/2014

The tradition of ‘blaming the West’

NURAY MERT writes:

Nationalism(s) and Islamism(s) also reinforced anti-Western feeling as a popular ideological tool to put the blame on the West - and Israel in particular - for all problems

Comment(s) 10/27/2014

The politics of ‘policing’ Turks and Kurds

NURAY MERT writes:

I spent last weekend in Tehran, talking about Turkey’s regional and foreign politics. I have been to Tehran many times before for different occasions, but this was the first time that I saw Iranians display such a negative mood toward Turkey.

Comment(s) 10/20/2014

ISIL, Kurds and Turkey’s ‘new deal’

NURAY MERT writes:

As I suggested last week, the Turkish government is trying to present its “policy shift” concerning the “struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” in “different terms” than those of the Western-Arab coalition.

Comment(s) 10/6/2014

The reluctant interventionalists

NURAY MERT writes:

The so-called Sunni powers have not been able to adapt to the changing political atmosphere in the Middle East, and Qatar and Turkey have resisted to the end

Comment(s) 9/29/2014

Reluctant fundamentalists

NURAY MERT writes:

It feels like if we condemn ISIL without finding excuses we will betray our religious identity, legitimize Western interventionism, or even whitewash Western imperialism

Comment(s) 9/15/2014

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