Fifteen years of the AK Party rule, the longest uninterrupted rule in the democratic history of Turkey, introduced numerous new elements into Turkey’s political and cultural landscape. Such a long period of rule deserves a closer look in order to have a better understanding of political and cultural developments in Turkey. This long period witnessed the reshuffling of civil-military relations, redefinition of the Kurdish issue, rise and dramatic fall of the Gülen terrorist organization (FETÖ), turbulent relations with the EU and the U.S., the Arab Uprising reshaping the Middle East as we know it, and many other important developments. Needless to say, fifteen years of the AK Party rule provides a rich empirical source for studies dealing with political Islam, and Islam-democracy relations as well.

These substantial developments during the long period of the AK Party rule raise several groups of questions. The first category of questions deals with the party itself: How can we define the AK Party experience in the long political history of Turkey? What are the new concepts or ideas that define the AK Party as a political actor in the last fifteen years? How do we explain the consecutive electoral success of the AK Party? What is the identity, leadership structure and institutional structure of the AK Party? What can be said about the AK Party’s supporters, the marginalized people or the new middle-class of Turkey?

The second set of questions is about the role of the AK Party in Turkish politics: What is the political performance of the AK Party in relation to the opposition parties and movements in Turkey? How do we understand the AK Party’s evolving policy towards the Kurdish issue? How does the AK Party deal with the social, political and ideological divisions in Turkey? What social and economic changes has Turkey experienced under the AK Party rule? How do we tackle the AK Party’s evolving political performance regarding religion and society?

The third collection of questions deals with foreign policy issues: Is there any analytical concept or idea to define the foreign policy performance of the AK Party government as a whole? How do we understand the dramatic ups and downs in Turkey’s EU membership process under the AK Party rule? Was the Arab Uprising a shifter in the AK Party’s policy towards the Middle East? What are the relations of Turkey with NATO and the U.S. under the AK Party? How did the place of Russia in Turkish foreign policy evolve?

Potential contributors are therefore invited to focus on the above issues.

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