The legacy of Abdulhamid II

NURAY MERT writes:

İsmail Kahraman, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) member and Parliament Speaker, recently stated that “the Sultan Abdulhamid II period is a mariner’s compass to give us direction and enlighten our future.” He was speaking on the occasion of the Symposium for the Commemoration of the Birth of Abdulhamid II last week.

Comment(s) 9/26/2016

Syria, Turkey’s Syrians and Kurds

NURAY MERT writes:

A recent video which was released by Syrian rebels in northern Syria shows fighters jeering a coalition convoy and rebels objecting to U.S. special forces on the ground. It also shows the complexity of the current situation in Syria

Comment(s) 9/19/2016

Comparative politics

NURAY MERT writes:

I decided that “comparative politics” is the best way to avoid my hopelessness concerning Turkey’s politics

Comment(s) 9/12/2016

Turkey is missing another chance to change

NURAY MERT writes:

I tried to explain the difficulties that Turkey has faced since the July 15 coup attempt and criticized Europeans for their negative attitudes toward Turkey during the European Forum in Alpbach last week

Comment(s) 9/5/2016

The ‘sons of the conquerors’

NURAY MERT writes:

Failure is doomed to be an “orphaned child,” but in fact Turkey’s foreign policy failure has many fathers

Comment(s) 8/29/2016

Time to talk frankly about Kurdish politics

NURAY MERT writes:

The tragedy of being or trying to be “a democrat” in Turkey is being a member of a very tiny minority

Comment(s) 8/22/2016

Losing my country

NURAY MERT writes:

For long, Western governments and even liberal democrats turned a blind eye to Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism as long as Turkey’s politics suited Western interests and clichés

Comment(s) 8/8/2016

The Western response to the coup attempt is scary

NURAY MERT writes:

I hate conspiracy theories; they are not only an expression of narrow-mindedness, but also block common sense and chart a path toward the dangerous waters of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and paranoia

Comment(s) 8/1/2016

Let’s hope evil leads to good in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey has been in turmoil since the bloody coup attempt of July 15 and the future is still unclear. Nevertheless, the worst case scenarios did not happen and Turkey is in better shape than it was a few days ago, or even a few months ago

Comment(s) 7/25/2016

New foreign policy delusions

NURAY MERT writes:

I am afraid the president and his party, once more, are getting it wrong in terms of international relations

Comment(s) 7/11/2016

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