‘Still here, still bleeding’

NURAY MERT writes:

I happened to be in Beirut last week. It was a good chance to catch up with Lebanese and regional politics and see friends. Besides, I could follow the Armenian Genocide commemoration.

Comment(s) 4/27/2015

To use or not use the G-word

NURAY MERT writes:

The pope’s use of the G-word and then the European Parliament’s vote to urge Turkey to recognize the “Armenian Genocide” angered not only the president and the government, but also the nationalist opposition and a majority of Turks

Comment(s) 4/20/2015

Under the shadow of ‘terror talk’

NURAY MERT writes:

After Public Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was killed by two members of an illegal and dubious leftist organization called the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), the whole thing turned against the media and the opposition in Turkey.

Comment(s) 4/13/2015

The Iran deal and Turkish politics

NURAY MERT writes:

Well done! For me, the deal is something to celebrate, since I have always been for diplomatic solutions. Moreover, I am a fan of Iran as a beautiful country and great culture. Finally, I want to hope that it will help restore peace in the region after so much suffering at tragic human cost.

Comment(s) 4/6/2015

Erdoğan’s message: Presidential system or no deal

NURAY MERT writes:

The recent Newroz declaration of the jailed PKK leader Öcalan contained many ambiguities, but it could still be considered a positive step on the path of the so-called 'peace negotiations.'

Comment(s) 3/30/2015

The perils of history in the New Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

The commemoration of the centenary of the Dardanelles’ victory started as a show of nationalism in the wake of a coming election.

Comment(s) 3/23/2015

Women’s Day in Islamabad

NURAY MERT writes:

I happened to be in Islamabad on Women’s Day in Pakistan last week. The occasion was the sixth Think Thanks Forum of Islamic Countries; I used the opportunity to visit this beloved country for the third time and Pakistan’s Women’s Day was a good surprise

Comment(s) 3/16/2015

The parting ways of Kurdish peace and democratization

NURAY MERT writes:

The joint press conference of the Kurdish party delegation and the government over the weekend seems to have created new tension between the left/democrats and Kurds in Turkey

Comment(s) 3/2/2015

Temptations of power

NURAY MERT writes:

This is not a place for a book review, but Shadi Hamid’s “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a new Middle East” (Brookings Institute Book, 2014, Oxford University Press) needs to be mentioned, even if briefly, since Islamism and the Middle East never cease to be hot topics.

Comment(s) 2/23/2015

The Kurdish paradox

NURAY MERT writes:

After a series meetings between the government and the main Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the pair has announced that they will prepare a “joint text” for the so-called “Kurdish resolution process.”

Comment(s) 2/16/2015

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