Turkey

Repeat elections in Turkey: Erdogan’s hope for survival

Repeat elections in Turkey: Erdogan’s hope for survival

For the first time in its democratic history, Turkey faces repeat elections. The four parties in the parliament (AKP, CHP, MHP and HDP) have failed to form a (coalition) government that could secure a vote of confidence in the parliament. Last week, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu informed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he has been […]

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Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Monday Talk interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Vocal International on August 2, 2015  *Giving the current operation conducted by Turkey against the PKK and the statement made by some of the PKK’s cadres, is Kurdish peace process over? Well, I’ve been calling it a “cease-fire,” not a peace process. A true peace process requires […]

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Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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Eurasia

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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Timeline of Central Asia (1918-2014)

Timeline of Central Asia (1918-2014)

The Timeline of Central Asia aims to serve as a chronological guide offering information regarding essential developments in the Central Asian region. Within the framework of this study, the Central Asian region is defined as the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Each of the five Central Asian republics has its own distinctive […]

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Disenchantment with Liberalism in Post-Soviet Societies

Disenchantment with Liberalism in Post-Soviet Societies

In post-Soviet societies, liberalism has come to be perceived as contradictory to the rule of law and norms of decency, even as the antithesis of order and associated with chaos. However, it may be accurate to talk about disenchantment with misperceived liberalism and a defensive reflex by societies that are struggling with their post-totalitarian burdens […]

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Peace Studies

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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The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution and Democratization

The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution and Democratization

Civil society is an essential part of the proper functioning of the state, helping to initiate, promote, and strengthen comprehensive and objective dialogue between governments and their people.In this way, civil society fosters conflict resolution, advances human rights, and promotes better democratization processes. Because of its flexible, multidimensional, and non-rigid structure, civil society has the […]

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Middle East

From Arab Spring to War in Yemen: Challenges to Women’s Activism

From Arab Spring to War in Yemen: Challenges to Women’s Activism

On the brink of famine due to the brutal war and other crises in Yemen, women are in an increasingly precarious position, lurching from the Arab Spring period of increased political activism and hope for formal empowerment to the desperation of primitive and hazardous living conditions during wartime. Women’s hyper-vulnerability is not “natural,” but socially constructed, […]

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Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

The region must stop relying on the US to do the heavy lifting in confronting ISIL. The expansion of United States air strikes into Syrian territory against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, from Incirlik airbase in Turkey, marks a fresh escalation of US involvement in the region. While President Barack […]

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Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Monday Talk interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Vocal International on August 2, 2015  *Giving the current operation conducted by Turkey against the PKK and the statement made by some of the PKK’s cadres, is Kurdish peace process over? Well, I’ve been calling it a “cease-fire,” not a peace process. A true peace process requires […]

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