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The ‘Turkish Model’ for the Middle East: Reproducing Neoliberal Hegemony?

The ‘Turkish Model’ for the Middle East: Reproducing Neoliberal Hegemony?

The lessons of the AKP’s development serve as an appealing model for the West interested in reproducing neoliberalism, as well as for Islamic actors who wish to consolidate by mobilizing a societal alliance against the forces of the old regime.

A Weak State with a ‘Strong State’ Tradition: The Case of Turkey

A Weak State with a ‘Strong State’ Tradition: The Case of Turkey

Turkey is more democratic and more liberal than in past decades. But a state stuck between the mosque and the barrack cannot be called a strong state.

Turkey’s New Constitution: Transformation, Democratization, and Living Together

Turkey’s New Constitution: Transformation, Democratization, and Living Together

Without a new constitution, Turkey seems to be unable to consolidate its democracy and strengthen the culture of living together in diversity. Recent developments have made a new, civil, and democratic constitution necessary, and increasingly popular.

Flying Blind: Why Armed Drones May Detract from Turkish Security

Flying Blind: Why Armed Drones May Detract from Turkish Security

Turkey is actively seeking to procure armed unmanned drone aircraft to combat its Kurdish insurgency. This strategy carries profound risks.

Turkey’s New Constitution & Secular Democracy: A Case for Liberty

Turkey’s New Constitution & Secular Democracy: A Case for Liberty

Turkey needs a pluralist and democratic-secular constitution with strong divisions of power and checks and balances. It should have specific & strong protections to secure accountability, an independent and neutral judiciary and freedom of belief and expression for all.

Reform of The Turkish Constitution: A Step Forward or Backward?

Reform of The Turkish Constitution: A Step Forward or Backward?

The present process has been admirably participatory to date, and demonstrates a political maturity that may well serve as the foundation for an appropriate constitution, even though its details are as yet undetermined.

Turkey Today: A “Leviathan” or a “Law-seeker”?

Turkey Today: A “Leviathan” or a “Law-seeker”?

The profound social and political changes Turkey has undergone have made it a law seeking nation. Ankara is now on the path to becoming a full fledged democracy under the rule of law.

Localizing Islam in Europe: Religious Activism among Turkish Islamic Communities

Localizing Islam in Europe: Religious Activism among Turkish Islamic Communities

It may be premature to talk about a distinct European Islam. Yet, the diverse activism among Turkish Islamic organizations indicates that Islam is incrementally but surely localizing in Europe.

Turkey’s Dilemma: How to Act on Syria without Losing Soft Power

Turkey’s Dilemma: How to Act on Syria without Losing Soft Power

Turkey should push for humanitarian assistance and sanctions, whilst putting serious diplomatic pressure on the Assad regime.

A New Constitution for Turkey Without Democracy

A New Constitution for Turkey Without Democracy

Turkey may be heading for yet another constitutional change, but not for a societally-based and well-deliberated democratic constitution writing. Meanwhile, deliberations continue under a façade of the moderate Islamists as the vanguards of anti-military democratic politics in Turkey.

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

The post Arab Spring era is one in which many western liberals fear the rise of Islamist parties in post-revolutionary Arab states. If we are lucky, more democracies can soon emerge in the Middle East, and Islamic liberalism, which is actually not that much of an oxymoron, will be reborn.

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