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A. Erdi Öztürk: “Religion Plays a Significant Role in Turkey-Balkan Relations”

The identity of the Turkish state has been transformed under the rule of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the central role that religion has come to play in its foreign policy is best exemplified in its relations with the Balkans.

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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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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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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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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.

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Edward G. Stafford: “Biden will have a tough time dealing with Erdogan’s Turkey”

Trump protected Erdogan from CAATSA sanctions in all the ways that a president can. Yet, it’s not because he likes Erdogan. Will Joe Biden do the same?

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F. Michael Wuthrich: Early Elections Would Be The AKP’s Last Choice

Declaring early elections would be the AKP’s last choice, because there is absolutely no need for them to have early elections

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Turkey’s Economic and Political Crises May Be Leaving the Young Behind

Worrying polls and statistics show that the Turkish government’s seemingly endless political rifts and the country’s deepening economic crises may result in the loss of a bright generation

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A Case for Caution in Turkish Foreign Policy

Turkish foreign and security policy adventurism has seen an unprecedented rise under the AKP, but in order to preserve its vital interests Turkey should return to its cautious and impartial roots