Published in E-IR on 14 March 2019 The ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis has become fashionably outdated but still shapes the way we understand the connection between Islam, terrorism and the Middle East.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
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
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
First published in International Affairs, 93: 4, 1 July 2017, Chatham House, London. Turkey is in turmoil. It was the first Muslim country to engage with European modernity and transformed itself from the Ottoman Empire into a secular nationstate at the beginning of the twentieth century. Modern Turkey has been at the centre of debates … Continue reading The paradoxes of ‘new’ Turkey: Islam, illiberal democracy and republicanism
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