The Kurds and the referendum

NURAY MERT writes:

As we all know, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) not only silenced the main Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), but also all opposition supporting Kurdish rights and freedoms.

Comment(s) 2/27/2017

Turkey’s dance

NURAY MERT writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar could be seen as a return to the bad old Sunni alliance against Iran in the region.

Comment(s) 2/20/2017

The curious sobriety of Turkey’s Islamists

NURAY MERT writes:

Last week, Russian planes killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 in “friendly fire” on the same day as the new head of the CIA visited Turkey.

Comment(s) 2/13/2017

Merkel, Erdoğan and ‘Islamist Terrorism’

NURAY MERT writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey further exposed the rift and tension not only between Ankara and Berlin, but also between Turkey and the Western world in general.

Comment(s) 2/6/2017

The shortcomings of the American liberal revolt

NURAY MERT writes:

I have to admit that I have started to appreciate the election victory of Donald Trump. No, mine is not a non-Westerner’s Schadenfreude, although even that might be justifiable. But I could imagine that there are many people in non-Western countries who were happy to see that the Western superpower is not immune to the populist surge and that such developments were not particular to our “backward” countries after all

Comment(s) 1/30/2017

Presidential system as the majority’s aspiration of power in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s transition to some kind of a presidential system has been debated as the establishment of full-scale one-man rule.

Comment(s) 1/23/2017

Is this the end of the republic and Islamism?

NURAY MERT writes:

Paradoxically, the end of the secular republic in Turkey also marks the end of Islamism or Islamist politics in Turkey and elsewhere

Comment(s) 1/16/2017

Political truths and politics of truth

NURAY MERT writes:

The truth is the least important matter in politics. It is widely believed that “the truth is the first casualty of war,” but it is also true in peacetime.

Comment(s) 1/9/2017

The end of a ‘terrible year’

NURAY MERT writes:

Global opinion leaders and observers of politics all agree that 2016 was a “terrible year.”

Comment(s) 1/2/2017

Turkey-Russia: New ‘frenemies?’

NURAY MERT writes:

I don’t know who invented the term “frenemy” to refer to the implicit alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran in the wake of the U.S.-Iran deal, but it seems well-suited to describing the new Russia-Turkey friendship as well.

Comment(s) 12/26/2016

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