Issues

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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Insight Turkey Volume 12 No 4

Turkey’s history of democratization is also a history of constitutionalamendments. This is so because the last two Turkish constitutions of 1961and 1982 were penned under the military regimes.

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Insight Turkey Volume 12 No 3

Whatever glossy expressions we use in describing an energy strategy, at the end of the day it all boils down to the ability to provide our citizens and companies with a secure and clean supply of energy at affordable prices in order to preserve our standards of living.

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Insight Turkey Volume 12 No 2

Turkey’s political transformation is continuing with new waves of democratization. The latest move is an initiative proposed by the AK Party’s parliamentary group to amend the constitution. With proposals to amend 27 articles, the reform package, currently being considered in the Turkish parliament, is one of the most comprehensive amendments to the current constitution.

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Insight Turkey Volume 12 No 1

Migration and settlement of Turks and Muslims in Europe since the 1960sirrevocably changed the social, cultural, religious and demographic landscapeof European societies by transforming them into ethnically more heterogeneous and diverse political communities. It is estimated that Muslims currentlyconstitute approximately 5.2 per cent of Europe’s total inhabitants, which ishome to 38 million Muslims.

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Insight Turkey Volume 11 No 4

When analyzing Islam and democracy, pundits and scholars have tended to focus on Arab-majority countries, all of which are authoritarian. This special issue brings a new perspective into the debate by analyzing non-Arab Muslim democracies in addition to Muslim democrats in some Arab countries. Besides empirical analyses, this issue also includes theoretical discussions on diverse political interpretations of Islam and the role of Islamic discourses in a democratic polity.

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Insight Turkey Volume 11 No 3

The Turkish political scene did not witness a profound change with the local elections of March 2009. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) continued its strong electoral performance and maintained its status as the most popular political force. One change following the election was the cabinet reshuffle in May in which Professor Ahmet Davutoğlu was appointed as Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs. Such an appointment was hardly a surprise, since it is no secret that he had been the architect of Turkey’s foreign policy under the AK Party government as the chief foreign policy advisor to the prime minister.

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Insight Turkey Volume 11 No 2

The Turkish domestic and foreign policy agenda has been occupied by monumental developments over the last three months. Discussions have ranged from a new period in Turkish-US relations in light of US President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Ankara, to the efforts for a rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia, to the future of Turkish-Israeli relations, and to the strength of the AK Party following the March local elections.

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Insight Turkey Volume 11 No 1

The year 2008 ended with the Israeli attacks on Gaza, killing hundreds and injuring thousands of Palestinians. While Israel put the blame on Hamas, which controls Gaza, for its air and ground attacks, the number of civilian causalities, including women and children, renders such an excuse meaningless. Despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire, the war on Gaza will, without doubt, end whenever the Israeli government decides it’s over.

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Insight Turkey, Volume 10, Number 4

The closure case against the ruling AK Party pending before the consti- tutional court occupied the center stage of Turkish politics throughout the summer.

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Insight Turkey, Volume 10, Number 3

On July 10, 2008, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a historic visit to Baghdad following up the visit of Iraqi president Jelal Talabani to Ankara in March.

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