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TURKEY AS A COUNTRY OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: A CALL FOR A MAJOR REVISION IN TURKISH POLITICS(24.05.2016)

Turkey as A Country of Missed Opportunities: A Call For a Major Revision in Turkish Politics

As Prime Minister Prof. Davutoğlu once said, Turkey is a country of opportunities. We keep missing economic, political and historical opportunities one after the other. Even worse, we keep blaming “others,” mostly western powers for all the bad things happen to us where in fact we ourselves are the ones who share the bigger part of the responsibility. We are the ones who could not change the Constitution for 14 years, we ourselves neglected EU “homeworks,” democratic-political reforms, we are the ones who started repeating the same old mistakes the ancient Kemalist regime had done for decades, we kept dragging in completing the reforms to permanently solve the...


THE GEZI EVENTS IS ATTEMPTED COUP D’ÉTAT(6.07.2013)

The Gezi Events is Attempted Coup D’état

A common and experienced Turkish citizen notices instantly that the Gezi events are a planned operation towards toppling the civil power acceded by the ballot box and towards blocking up the political mechanisms. The deceased President Ozal, who fell a victim to an assassination, as remembered, had been called by CHP (Republican People's Party) as a “civil dictator” and “keen to be single man”, as soon as he uses some words like freedom, Kurdish problem, federation, peace, and coexistence. As the example of Ozal shows, Erdogan is today called again as “dictator” by CHP, too. In those days, they had made so-called apolitic youth ask some questio...


BOTTOM-UP: EXPLAINING THE SUCCESS STORY OF TURKEY IN THE 2000S(27.05.2013)

Bottom-Up: Explaining the Success Story of Turkey in the 2000s

A lot of people around the world are wondering these days how Turkey was able to jump from bottom to the top within a decade and became a shining star of the region. It seems a miracle: starting from a terrible situation it faced with the eruption of 2001 crisis, but ending with a brighter than ever outlook. When the country cleared its external debts to the IMF last week, this outlook became even brighter, urging credit rating institutions to upgrade Turkey’s rating.In 2001, Turkey hit the biggest economic crisis in its recent history. The situation was as terrible as one can imagine: Turkish Lira depreciated almost 100% in one day, overnight interest rates jumped to 750...


TRANSFORMATION OF THE CONFLICT, AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE PKK(24.05.2013)

Transformation of the Conflict, and Negotiations with the PKK

Good management of a conflict can reduce the losses, even it may create positive results. Mismanagement of the conflict may increase losses, or it may bring irreparable results. This is why Galtung defines conflict as the sum of the crisis and opportunities.[1] In this context, the start of negotiations with the PKK is a very important step in the ongoing transformation of the Kurdish problem for many years. In this case, transformation of the conflict means precluding the problem occur again later in the process, namely, refers to that the groups that are parties to the conflict to get rid of the problem. At this point, one of the most important tools of the conf...


TURKEY AND ISRAEL: THE REVITALIZATION OF RELATIONS?(26.03.2013)

Turkey and Israel: The Revitalization of Relations?

From the 1980s onwards the Turkish-Israeli relations started improving gradually. The year 1996 in particular was a milestone as the two countries signed a series of agreements of military cooperation and training, among others. The agreements were of outmost strategic significance as they gave rise to a pro-Western strategic axis which had a serious impact on the regional balances of power.From Friends to FoesThe election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power of the Turkish state in 2002 had a gradually negative influence on the relations between Turkey and Israel for two main reasons. The first reason was the systemic changes that occurred in the region after 9/11 and the...


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