Turkey

Splendor of the State: Celebrating the Conquest of Istanbul

Splendor of the State: Celebrating the Conquest of Istanbul

Michael Foucault (2007) assumed that the splendor of the state belongs to an archaic form of power. Yet, it is a significant component of the exercise of power. Both constitutional monarchies and republican governments observe rituals and symbols of state and ceremonies of grand occasions. In The Kingdom and the Glory, Giorgio Agamben (2011) inquired […]

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The Reality of Turkey’s Pakistanization

The Reality of Turkey’s Pakistanization

The Turkish capital, Ankara, is rocked with bombs yet again. The details of the attack on March 11 such as the perpetrators and their motive are important and intriguing to know, yet this latest terror attack reveals a more structural problem for Turkey. The country is becoming a hotbed of terror attacks. Increasingly, Turkey is […]

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Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

The ongoing conflict in Syria and the Kurdish struggle in the northern part of the country have triggered increased participation of Kurdish youth in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The Turkish government, initially, did not perceive this as a domestic threat because of the ongoing peace process. However, with the latest resurgence of conflict in […]

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Eurasia

Turkey As Viewed From Central Asia

Turkey As Viewed From Central Asia

Diplomatic relationships and partnerships between Turkey and the countries in Central Asia started after the republics gained independence in 1991. The Central Asian republics, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, share many common trends and developments along with distinctive political, economic and social characteristics that affect the development of relationships with Turkey. While the […]

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Eurasian Integration: Effects on Central Asia

Eurasian Integration: Effects on Central Asia

Rapidly growing Eurasian integration has become one of the most interesting developments in the post-Soviet region due to its economic and geopolitical dimensions. A Russian-led Eurasian integration process, which has included Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan so far, aims to establish a mechanism of intergovernmental cooperation focusing predominantly on economic partnership. With the establishment of […]

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INTERVIEW: Tajik American community and other Central Asian diasporas in the United States

INTERVIEW: Tajik American community and other Central Asian diasporas in the United States

This interview was originally published at Central Asian Analytical Network on July 2, 2015.    Владимир Федоренко: об американских таджиках, помощи соотечественникам и других диаспорах Центральной Азии в США By Абдулфаттох Шафиев On Июль 2, 2015 Все большее число жителей Центральной Азии, в том числе Таджикистана, переезжают на постоянное место жительства в Соединенные Штаты. В […]

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Future of Islam

Curbing Extremism and Nurturing Moderation

Curbing Extremism and Nurturing Moderation

What can be the reasons of terrorism, the spread of violence, popularity of extremist interpretations among contemporary Muslims? We think that it would be more accurate to argue that the psychological and sociological factors in comparison with political and socio-economic play more important role in the emergence of unprecedented violence among Muslims.

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Forum on the Future of Islam

Forum on the Future of Islam

Rethink Institute has launched a new research program, Future of Islam, to debate and address the most critical questions, share ideas, and offer solutions to salient issues related to the future of Islam and Muslims. Forum on the Future of Islam has been established as the deliberative component of the program whereby prominent experts and leaders meet […]

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What Fuels Militant Islamism?

What Fuels Militant Islamism?

Gruesome ISIS beheadings, the Sydney siege, and now Taliban’s slaughter of children in Pakistan have haunted the media, along with the Senate report on CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists. The true nature of the radicalization problem, once again, is mostly obscured by petty domestic politics. The militant Islamism rests on a triple layer: […]

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Middle East

The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

The Syrian military and political quagmire has been greatly exacerbated by foreign interventions. This is due to the failure of foreign powers to adequately understand the manifold nature of the Syrian conflicts, or the variety of competing ideologies of different groups. As a consequence, the Western approach has been a military one, despite the fact […]

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Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the breakdown in diplomatic ties is bad news for President Hassan Rouhani and his efforts to bring Iran out of isolation. It also threatens to escalate the sectarian tensions pushing the region deeper into crisis. The 3 January mob attack on the Saudi embassy in […]

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Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Xenophobia, an irrational fear of people from other countries, and Islamophobia, an​exaggerated hostility toward Muslims and Islam,​appear to be on the rise in both Europe and the United States.

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