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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vladimir Fedorenko

Vladimir Fedorenko

Non-residential Research Fellow vladimir@rethinkinstitute.org Vladimir Fedorenko received BA in international relations from Ege University and accounting at Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey. He received MA in political science from George Mason University. RECENT ACTIVITY

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Galym Zhussipbek

Galym Zhussipbek

Nonresidential Fellow galym.zhussipbek@gmail.com Dr. Zhussipbek is a political analyst from Almaty, Kazakhstan. He received BA, MA, and PhD (2008) in international relations from Ankara University. Dr. Zhussipbek’s main research interests are European security, security in the post-Soviet region, economic, social and religious situation in Central Asia, state-religion relations. RETHINK PUBLICATIONS

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