What went wrong with Turkey’s referendum?

First published on openDemocracy on 24 April 2017 As illiberal democracy is becoming more the norm than the exception in the world, Turkey’s referendum is another missed historical opportunity. Turkey has missed an historical opportunity to prove that liberal democracy could work in a Muslim country. On Sunday, the 16th of April, over 50 million … Continue reading What went wrong with Turkey’s referendum?

Turkey’s Clash of Islamists: Erdogan vs Gulen

First published on openDemocracy on 3 August 2016 What does the power struggle between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and powerful Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen mean for Turks who want democracy? Turkey is in crisis. Its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared a three-month state of emergency. His purge following the failed coup is just the tip of … Continue reading Turkey’s Clash of Islamists: Erdogan vs Gulen