Issues

Insight Turkey Volume 15 No 4

As Turkey prepares for local, presidential and general elections in the next two years, domestic and foreign policy issues are becoming central topics of public debate in the context of democratization, economic development, and regional stability.

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Insight Turkey Volume 15 No 3

Again, momentous events are taking place in Turkey and its neighborhood. A civil unrest hit Turkey for weeks in May and June over a government project aimed at rebuilding a replica of an old military barrack in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

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Insight Turkey Volume 15 No 2

On march 21, almost one million Kurds gathered in Diyarbakir to celebrate the Kurdish New Year, Newroz and listened to the message of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed PKK. In the midst of the cheers and applauses, Ocalan declared that the era of armed struggle for the Kurds ended and the PKK would lay down its arms.

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Insight Turkey Volume 15 No 1

Two years ago the Arab Middle East was shaken by popular uprisings. The events have resulted either in regime change or reforms in some countries, and oppression and violence in others. At the outset the uprisings, which stretched from Tunisia to Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, were hailed as the beginning of a new era in which people power will reign in the Middle East.

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Insight Turkey Volume 14 No 4

The Syrian crisis is deepening. Pro-Assad forces have so far killed more than 30,000 Syrians; hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries. The refugees settled in Turkey have exceeded 100,000, the threshold figure that Tur- key had already declared as its limit that it can provide services to.

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Insight Turkey Volume 14 No 3

In this issue of Insight Turkey, which deals with Iraqi Kurdistan, the very title of Burak Bilgehan Özpek’s article sums up the options that the ethnically and religiously diverse post-Arab Spring Middle Eastern states have: democracy or partition. As an authoritarian state in Baghdad alienates the Kurds in Erbil, an undemocratic Damascus cannot keep the Alawites, Christians and Kurds together with Sunni Arabs.

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Insight Turkey Volume 14 No 2

The Arab revolts have resulted in deposed heads of state in Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Of these countries the latter two—Egypt and Tunisia—saw mass street protestors quickly topple entrenched autocrats without significant violence or foreign intervention.

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Insight Turkey Volume 14 No 1

The year 2011 left a new Middle East in its wake. People power has toppled powerful authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. What will emerge out of the so-called Arab Spring remains to be seen though. While celebrating the first anniversary of their “revolutions” Tunisians and Egyptians are still far from certain about the prospect for a consolidated democracy in their respective countries.

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Insight Turkey Volume 13 No 4

It seems that the 2011 summer elections marks the end of the old maxim that conveniently formulates politics as “the art of the possible.” It is no secret that the transformative agenda by the consecutive AK Party governments since 2002 has been restricted by the “ancien regime,” which has drawn the limits of “what is necessary” or “what is possible” in affecting “fundamental changes” and reconfiguring the relations between the “old” and “new” power centers.

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Insight Turkey Volume 13 No 3

There is no better instrument than the ballot box to decide “who is to govern” if we care about popular legitimacy. No one can question the mandategiven by the people through a free and fair election to a political party, irrespective of its ideology, identity and program

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Insight Turkey Volume 13 No 2

A wave of change has been shaking the Arab Middle East led by Tunisiaand Egypt, spreading to Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. We are witnessing what is apparently the emergence of “people power” in the Middle East.Whether it will be institutionalized in the form of democracy is yet to beseen. It may still be too early to come to the conclusion that people power willreign in the Middle East, but the pressure is on.

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Insight Turkey Volume 13 No 1

Turkey’s rejuvenated foreign policy activism firmly constructed on novelconceptual parameters, such as “strategic depth,” “zero problems with neighbours,” “maximum cooperation” and “balance between security and freedom”,attracted ever-increasing academic and popular attention over the course ofthe last decade.

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