Turkey

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    Is Turkey making a strategic mistake in turning on the Kurds?

Is Turkey making a strategic mistake in turning on the Kurds?

by Nathaniel Handy
The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey, writes Nathaniel Handy in a piece that was originally published by Fair Observer. 

It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for a […]

Contradictions of Post-Islamism: Evidence from Turkey

by Toygar Sinan Baykan

In the mid-1990s, Asaf Bayat published one of the earliest comments on the change in the nature of Islamism and later wrote a book length account on the transformation of Muslim societies in which he clarified his ideas on post-Islamism. According to Bayat, the social transformation of Muslim societies under the effect of market mechanisms, consumerism, and […]

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    Cautious hope for Turkey: Between a coalition government and early elections

Cautious hope for Turkey: Between a coalition government and early elections

by Zeynep Kaya
The elections on Sunday June 7 were the most important general elections in recent Turkish political history. With a huge turnout, more women in parliament, better Kurdish political representation and a clear ‘no’ to a presidential system, the future of Turkish democracy looks promising. However, a hung parliament and potential early elections might jeopardise this. Regrettably, the […]

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    The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations 

The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations 

by Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Dr Seckin Baris Gulmez

In March 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre and LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies co-organised a full-day workshop on the timely topic of democratisation in Turkey focusing on current debates on domestic politics involving the Kurdish and Alevi rights, and Turkish foreign policy especially its EU membership process and its policy towards […]

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    Once ‘outsiders’, the HDP can become the ‘protectors’ of the parliamentary regime in Turkey

Once ‘outsiders’, the HDP can become the ‘protectors’ of the parliamentary regime in Turkey

by Mustafa Cagatay Aslan

Turkey will hold a parliamentary election on 7 June. The main aim of the incumbent Justice Development Party (AKP) is to have at least 330 seats in order to change the political system from a parliamentary regime to a ‘presidential’ one. In his piece, Mustafa Cagatay Aslan suggests that whether the AKP achieves its aim depends […]

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