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
TEDxAberystwyth YouTube on 9 February 2018 Ayla Gol discusses the recent regime change in Turkey and asks to what extent the modern secular Turkey is at risk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pr9dU_2I3w
Radio Interview with Sputnik and published on 15 August 2018 https://sptnkne.ws/jsg3 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott on electronic products from the United States, retaliating in a dispute with Washington, which has helped drive the lira to record lows. Worries over Erdogan’s calls for lower interest rates and worsening ties with the United States has … Continue reading Final crisis in Turkey Could Deepen as ‘it did in Venezuala’
First published on the Globe Post on 26 July 2018 Turkey’s snap election on 24 June 2018 was at the center of international news for good, bad and ugly reasons. Recep Tayyip Erdogan won at the first round of elections and became the 13th president, following his previous term in office since 2014. I have been arguing that the … Continue reading Erdogan’s New Turkey: The Victory of Illiberal Democracy and One-Man Rule
Op-Ed First published at the Globe Post last updated, 12 July 2017 Turkish history is full of ironies. In 2002, the Justice and Development Party, or the AKP, came to power by promising to bring ‘justice’ and clean up Turkey’s corrupt old regime. At the beginning of AKP rule, Turkey was seen as a shining example … Continue reading Turkey’s Lost Democracy And Hope of Justice March
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?
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