Analysis

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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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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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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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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Independent Journalism in Turkey Faces Increasing Censorship Pressures

Independent Journalism in Turkey Faces Increasing Censorship Pressures

Turkey’s domestic political environment has become ever more difficult to decode for international observers. Attacks on prominent newspapers like the recent physical assault on staff members of Hürriyet Daily News are on the rise. Efforts to silence journalists tend to include acts of vandalism as well as personal threats to do harm. Ideologically motivated mobs […]

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Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

The prospects for a coalition government in Turkey have faded away, and Turks are about to witness yet another election — the fourth poll in the past two years. The rise of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) as a challenger to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was in fact a crucial factor behind the […]

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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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