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Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – part 3

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – part 3

The DDR roadmap that is expected to take shape by October will be the result of a tough negotiation process that will need to address the thorny issues of democratic autonomy, general amnesty and education in mother tongue. Yet one wonders how long the peace process will sustain its momentum if the […]

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – framework law – part 2

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process – framework law – part 2

The framework law officially bestows the Turkish government with the responsibility of introducing necessary reforms that address challenges in the social, political, psychological and educational sectors. Whilst there is no clear description of how those reforms will look like, the draft law also does not mention the word “ Kurdish” even […]

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey’s Kurdish peace process: dead end – part 1

Turkey is gearing up for Presidential elections in August, and the Kurdish vote might determine the next president of Turkey. 

Local elections in Turkey – on the verge of polarization and cohesion

Local elections in Turkey – on the verge of polarization and cohesion

In Turkey, large scale citizen mobilization in defense of votes in the recent local elections shows the government’s loss of credibility and trust in the eyes of the majority of citizens. It also shows the decisiveness of public in their ongoing struggle for democracy and clean politics. Turkish prime minister, […]

Discovering the commons in Turkey – conflict as a means of transcending societal divides

Discovering the commons in Turkey – conflict as a means of transcending societal divides

The Gezi events showed that new social movements have a significant potential to act as a forum for dialogue and unite different segments of the society under the commons; demonstrating how a conflict itself may actually be a means for transcending societal divides and moving towards social cohesion.

Discovering the commons in Turkey – new media, social movements and social cohesion

Discovering the commons in Turkey – new media, social movements and social cohesion

The Resistance has been a turning point in enabling society to develop a new understanding of itself: as a society that is open to all. It was not the representatives of various classes or ideologies on the streets; it was the people – even those without an established ideology – […]

What do the local election results whisper about the future of Turkish democracy?

What do the local election results whisper about the future of Turkish democracy?

Local election results confirmed that Turkey is going through a belated, yet organic democratic transition. In absence of Turkish military’s looming shadow, the liberals and social democrats are learning to own the process rather than merely follow.

Closed borders, open minds?

Closed borders, open minds?

Though civil society has played a key role in promoting dialogue between non-state actors in Turkey and Armenia, the border issue makes things very difficult.

A third way for Cyprus?

A third way for Cyprus?

Cyprus cannot be a nation-state under Greek Cypriot majority rule, or two nation-states in a loose co-federation under the surveillance of NATO forces. But could Cyprus be a new united Republic founded on the ideas of labour and a common Mediterranean civilization? If the EU said yes.

Turkey on the road to change

Turkey on the road to change

With internal crises mounting, Turkey’s ruling party appears to have no choice but to negotiate with its opponents or risk eventual defeat.

Between recognition and denial – the genocide question and Turkish-Armenian relations

Between recognition and denial – the genocide question and Turkish-Armenian relations

The Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process is now almost completely stalled, with Turkey continuing to vehemently oppose the Armenian-inspired international campaign to secure recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iraqi Kurdistan – an obstacle to the Kurdish peace process?

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iraqi Kurdistan – an obstacle to the Kurdish peace process?

The decision by Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to pursue rapprochement with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan could prove a profound obstacle to the Kurdish peace process.

Temperance in the Arab Spring – averting catastrophe through great power politics

Temperance in the Arab Spring – averting catastrophe through great power politics

The world’s most politically volatile region, the Middle East, has been stabilised through the collective common sense of three Great Powers – the United States, Great Britain and Russia – applying regressive yet pragmatic foreign policy.

Taksim revisited

Taksim revisited

The protests constitute an alarm call for both government and opposition. They should bring home to the AKP the realization that Turkish democracy, all its deficiencies notwithstanding, has come of age.

Taksim – a protest like no other

Taksim – a protest like no other

The messages conveyed by the popularity of the AKP and the vibrancy of the ongoing protests are unambiguous: the contradictions of Turkish society call, not for political and social polarization, but for the search of a modus vivendi, one that needs to be painstakingly invented and continually recalibrated, based on […]

Between agitation and victimization – is Erdogan still a winner after Gezi park?

Between agitation and victimization – is Erdogan still a winner after Gezi park?

Erdogan’s lack of anger management might not only cost him the presidency but also damage Turkey’s growth projections in an increasingly volatile region. His last meeting with the Taksim Solidarity Movement delegation might have been a positive sign that Erdogan finally is arriving at the same conclusion, but his insistence […]

Citizens of the world and citizens of Turkey – the Occupy Gezi protests

Citizens of the world and citizens of Turkey – the Occupy Gezi protests

While the question of whether Turkey represents the ‘model of successful melding democracy and Islam’, or an identity of a radically secular regime, may be significant part of public discourse, the emphasis needs to shift on how society and individual relations are regulated.

Politics and the city – the battle over Istanbul’s Gezi park

Politics and the city – the battle over Istanbul’s Gezi park

After a week of protests and police brutality, a group representing the Gezi Park Solidarity met with government officials in Ankara and handed in a list of six demands. Erdogan, however, does not seem to be willing to meet any of the demands even halfway and is instead hoping to […]

The Cyprus dilemma at a crossroads – a perspective on negotiations

The Cyprus dilemma at a crossroads – a perspective on negotiations

The Turkish Cypriot refusal to accept the EU’s presence at the negotiation table represents a profound challenge to the effectiveness of EU mediation in negotiations over Cyprus. Suggested Reading GCCT Articles By Dr. Ahmed Magdy Al-Soukkary While it seems that the Cyprus question will not see a breakthrough in the near future, […]

Turkey’s future in Europe

Turkey’s future in Europe

With a relative thaw in relations between Ankara and Paris on EU accession, prospects look better for Turkey’s EU membership, though significant challenges remain.

Serb municipalities in Kosovo and Kurdish reform in Turkey

Serb municipalities in Kosovo and Kurdish reform in Turkey

The ethnic-oriented Dayton constitution and Sejdic-Finci imbroglio is a great example of how the ethnicization of constitutions further divides a post-conflict multi-ethnic society. Turkey and Kosovo should indeed be very focused on providing civic solutions to ethnic problems, not vice-versa.

Turkey and the Kurdish conflict – domestic agenda meets regional concerns

Turkey and the Kurdish conflict – domestic agenda meets regional concerns

Though a possible peace deal with the PKK has a lot to offer to Turkey, the process is still susceptible to spoilers. Should the rumoured PKK ceasefire on 21st March hold, then spring may well be the beginning of a long anticipated peace in Turkey.

Turkish-Serbian relations – a rising strategic axis in the Western Balkans

Turkish-Serbian relations – a rising strategic axis in the Western Balkans

The strategic relations between Turkey and Serbia is an important case of how a century of negative peace could transform via economic cooperation and development.

Turkey – can the Shanghai Cooperation Organization be an alternative to the EU?

Turkey – can the Shanghai Cooperation Organization be an alternative to the EU?

It is high time for EU leaders to revise their negative stances on Turkey’s membership prospects as the country and its leadership seriously start assessing authoritarian alternatives.

Cyprus – the drama unfolds

Cyprus – the drama unfolds

Given the on-going political crisis over hydro-carbon exploitation rights, plus a pending July 2012 deadline by which Greek Cypriots will assume the rotating EU Presidency, the failure of UN-mandated talks over reunification seems inevitable.