Turkey

Polarization and Politicization of Turkish Public Opinion

Polarization and Politicization of Turkish Public Opinion

By the end of January 2016, the results of two public opinion surveys had been announced, one right after the other. The first was the annual survey on Social and Political Trends in Turkey conducted by Kadir Has University (KHAS); the other was the German Marshall Fund survey on Dimensions of Polarization in Turkey. Both […]

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Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

Turkey’s spat with Russia is not a spontaneous act. The recent tensions will hurt coalition efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh), delaying a diplomatic solution in Syria.

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Turkey’s Snap Elections 2015: Explaining the AKP Victory

Turkey’s Snap Elections 2015: Explaining the AKP Victory

KADIR YILDIRIM AND MUSTAFA GURBUZ Takeaways The ruling AKP has won Turkey’s repeat general elections, regaining their parliamentary majority with 315 seats after five months of coalition talks and rounds of ethnic violence. Voter turnout is reported to be 84.3 %, a slight increase compared to the June elections. Yet Kurdish-populated cities witnessed lower turnouts this time. […]

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Eurasia

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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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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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

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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INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

RUDAW INTERVIEW WITH MUSTAFA GURBUZ In recent weeks, Iraqi Kurdistan has fallen into what appears to be the worst political turmoil since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. The unity of the semi-autonomous region is now on the brink of collapse due to extraordinary measures taken by the ruling party Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its […]

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