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5 Reasons Why the West Got Islamist Terrorism Wrong

Published in E-IR on 14 March 2019 The ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis has become fashionably outdated but still shapes the way we understand the connection between Islam, terrorism and the Middle East.  In 2019, it is time to ‘forget the Middle East’ and change the way we perceive Islam.  Vera Mironova, in ‘The New Face … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why the West Got Islamist Terrorism Wrong

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Islamophobia is preventing the empowerment of Muslim women repressed by political agendas

First published on The Conversation on 3 September and last updated on 5 September 2018 For many, Muslim veiling represents the oppression of women in Islam. The head and/or face veils are a frequent topic of debate, which suggests that “saving” Muslim women from their oppressive religion is a moral duty of the West. But focusing on the (in)visibility … Continue reading Islamophobia is preventing the empowerment of Muslim women repressed by political agendas

Turkey 2.0 is a fragile state, and getting worse

Turkey under Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule has experienced enough democratic backsliding to now be considered a fragile state . Sunday’s municipal elections were deeply unfair, thanks to the government’s near-total control of the media. As a result, the outcome was predictable: the AKP won once again. The AKP leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a perennially populist … Continue reading Turkey 2.0 is a fragile state, and getting worse

Jamal #Khashoggi’s murder ends the Saudi game of reforms in the Arab World

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is once again at the centre of international attention. This time it is not because of a failed coup, presidential elections or a financial crisis, but the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. A passionate advocate of free speechand democracy, Khashoggi … Continue reading Jamal #Khashoggi’s murder ends the Saudi game of reforms in the Arab World

#Turkey’s #Kurdish Question will not be solved by military ops east of the Euphrates

First published on Ahval News on 8 October 2018 International diplomatic efforts to bring an end to Syria’s civil war continue to stumble. Following last month’s trilateral summit in Tehran between the presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held additional talks in Sochi. They agreed to create a new 15 to … Continue reading #Turkey’s #Kurdish Question will not be solved by military ops east of the Euphrates

Deadlock in #Idlib and Tehran Summit between #Russia, #Iran and #Turkey

First published '#Turkey's Eastern Allies and Deadlock in #Idlib" on Ahval on 12 September 2018 Last week’s Tehran summit meeting between the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey was the last chance to find a diplomatic solution to stave off a likely Syrian government offensive on the rebel-held province of Idlib, where three million civilians trapped . … Continue reading Deadlock in #Idlib and Tehran Summit between #Russia, #Iran and #Turkey

#Turkey 2.0 is on track to follow the path of #Venezuela

First published on Ahval on 15 August 2018  Turkey under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was a beacon of hope for many Muslim countries and emerging markets. The Turkish economy grew rapidly over the past five years, following the examples of Brazil, China and India. But this trend was turned upside … Continue reading #Turkey 2.0 is on track to follow the path of #Venezuela