Hate Speech and Beyond: Targeting the Gülen Movement in Turkey

Hate Speech and Beyond: Targeting the Gülen Movement in Turkey

By on June 2014 in Research, Turkey

On December 17, 2013, a graft probe alleging corruption among some members of the cabinet became public. Immediately thereafter, the Gülen movement (a.k.a. Hizmet), one of the largest faith-based communities in Turkey, became the target of offensive statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.  The paper argues that from the standpoint of human rights […]

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Energy, Trade, and Development in the Silk Road Countries

Energy, Trade, and Development in the Silk Road Countries

By on May 2014 in Eurasia, Research

  Rethink Institute held the Energy, Trade, and Development Forum  at the 2014 Turkic American Convention in Washington D.C. on April 9, 2014. The forum featured panel discussions on the following topics: (1) From Beijing to London: (1) From Beijing to London:  The New Silk Road Initiatives; (2) Eurasian Energy Corridor and Energy Security; (3) U.S. Strategic Partnership […]

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The Long Winter: Turkish Politics After the Corruption Scandal

The Long Winter: Turkish Politics After the Corruption Scandal

By on May 2014 in Research, Turkey

On December 17, 2013, a major corruption investigation launched by Istanbul district prosecutors hit the news. The police raided the houses of fifty suspects who had been followed for more than a year, including the sons of three Turkish government cabinet ministers. Mustafa Gurbuz argues that this event and its aftermath, coupled with a tense […]

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Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

By on April 2014 in Turkey

The following is the transcript of the talk presented by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, at Rethink Institute’s Energy, Trade, and Development Forum at 2014 Turkic American Convention, April 9, 2014, Washington DC. Copyright by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan ***     I would like begin by reminding you the very famous […]

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The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

By on April 2014 in Eurasia, Research

The United States was one of the first countries that recognized Kyrgyzstan’s independence. In fact, the U.S. was the first country that opened its embassy in Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan – on December 25, 1991. It is a well-known fact that Kyrgyzstan, like all of the Central Asian countries, underwent a difficult task […]

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Prospects for Water Cooperation in Central Asia

Prospects for Water Cooperation in Central Asia

By on February 2014 in Eurasia, Research

  Rivers flowing in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya basins throughout the entire Central Asian territory divide the region into upstream (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and downstream (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) countries, creating a set of economic and political challenges that force these riparian countries to interact. Accordingly, Vladimir Fedorenko argues in this paper, transboundary […]

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Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

By on January 2014 in Events

Rethink Institute held a panel discussion on January 16, 2014, on the wide-ranging corruption inquiry  launched in Turkey on December 17, 2013. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis thanks to a series of questionable moves by the government. Since then, thousands of police officers and bureaucrats have been reassigned. The government claims that […]

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Turkey Brief: Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

Turkey Brief: Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

By on January 2014 in Turkey

  An observer recently quipped that Turkey is always on the news but for all the wrong reasons. Fevzi Bilgin analyzes the latest episode that involves a wide-ranging corruption inquiry, the largest in the history of the republic, connected to cabinet ministers, businessmen, and international facilitators. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis, thanks […]

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Turkey Brief: The Preparatory School Debate

Turkey Brief: The Preparatory School Debate

By on December 2013 in Research

Since mid-November and continuing into December 2013, Fevzi Bilgin argues, Turkey has seen one of the most intense periods of social dissent in recent history. But there were no demonstrators chanting in the streets, no police forces trying to disperse them, and no violence. The dissent manifested via old and new media: newspapers, TV reports, […]

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Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

By on November 2013 in Eurasia, United States

  The First Kyrgyz American Convention this month featured a paper by Erica Marat on the current state of U.S. – Kyrgyz relations. Since 1991, Kyrgyzstan has achieved impressive democratic gains compared to its regional neighbors. Kyrgyzstan is the only country to have conducted free and competitive parliamentary elections in 2010 and peacefully transferred presidential […]

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