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Gülay Türkmen: “Islam Plays Ambivalent Role in Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict”

The secular identity, not subscribing to exclusionary secularism but a much more sensitive approach to religious claims, would be more inclusive and pluralist.

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Resistance at Bogazici University Instils Hope for the Future

Students, academics, and communities’ resistance to the political appointment of an incapable rector at Turkey’s prestigious Bogazici University shows that there is still hope for Turkish academia, and the country at large, despite persistent government oppression.

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Erdogan’s Turkey Alienates Itself from Moldova’s Turkic Minority

Even though Turkey eyes greater influence over its Turkic kin in Moldova, the Gagauz favor Russia and Turkey’s current foreign policy trajectory leaves it little room to gain leverage.

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Untold Legal Principles Favouring Turkey in Aegean Maritime Disputes

Turkish-Greek maritime disputes in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean Seas have a long and complex historical and legal background, yet contrary to common understanding, certain less-known international legal principles favour Turkey

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Selcuk Colakoglu: “A Future Russia-China-Turkey Bloc Is Unlikely”

Given the different and often conflicting agendas, a future Russia-China-Turkey bloc is unlikely but three countries continue to use each other as leverage in their economic and foreign affairs

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A New Constitution for Turkey?

President Erdogan, in coordination with his MHP coalition partner, has declared his intent to open the floor to debate on a new constitution. Nonetheless, interpretations of the vague and limited declaration vary.

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Report: EU And US Should Restore Cooperation In Eastern And Southeastern Europe

A recent Carnegie Europe report argues that the EU and US should work to restore cooperation after years of distance under the Trump Administration. By doing so, they may better position themselves to promote democracy and rebuild influence in the face of disruptive actors such as Russia, China, and Turkey.

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50 Percent Participation in Turkey’s Labor Force Illuminates an Economy on the Brink

Turkey’s official statistical institute reports decreases in the unemployment rate. Nonetheless, experts argue that the data is unreliable and simply represents the government’s attempt to whitewash the economy’s failing performance.

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Aykan Erdemir: “Under Biden, US-Turkey relations will take on a more Institutional rather than Personal Character”

In the absence of President Trump’s personal relationship with President Erdogan, US-Turkey relations under the Biden administration will return to institutional avenues previously damaged by the actions of the Erdogan government.

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Sibel Oktay: “The MHP is not the Puppet Master of the AKP’s Foreign Policy”

The MHP is not necessarily pulling the AKP towards any particular policy position. The AKP would have taken all these steps in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean even if the MHP weren’t in the picture.