Last month, Turkey’s parliament revoked the seat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag after her conviction on “terrorist propaganda” charges. Still behind bars, she is hardly alone in being targeted by the government. Since the end of a cease-fire between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish state in July 2015, thousands […]
On Jan. 21, the Turkish parliament approved a constitutional amendment that would change the current system of government from parliamentary to presidential. The amendment received well more than the 330 votes in the parliament needed for approval, after a deal between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ultranationalist […]
On Monday, negotiators will reconvene to try to resolve a four-decade standoff on the island of Cyprus. Since 1974, the island has been divided between north and south. Even its capital city of Nicosia is split in two by the “green line” that divides the Republic of Cyprus, which identifies as Greek, from the Turkish […]
The night of July 15 marked a distinct moment in Turkish democratic history as hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets to defy a coup attempt. Yet only a few months later, Turkish police moved to detain scores of members of parliament from pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP. In the months since the failed coup, […]
President Obama pardoned his last turkeys this afternoon. The death row pardon was bestowed upon an Iowan named Tot, who was named the National Thanksgiving Turkey, and his fellow hatchling, Tater. According to the White House, both Tater and Tot are reportedly being sent to Virginia Tech. (Majors are undeclared at this time.) Watch the clip of the pardon here: This was President Obama’s eighth and | Read More »
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The coup attempt in Turkey came as a surprise to most observers. Turkey did not fit the statistical profile of a country at risk of a military takeover developed by groups such as the Early Warning Project. The economy and national institutions seemed in reasonable shape, at least in comparison with those of more fragile […]
Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoided being ousted in an attempted coup d’etat. The attempt shocked most regional experts and coup researchers, though not for the reasons you might expect. Coups against democracies are actually not uncommon. What made this coup so surprising was the specific context in which it occurred. Most recent […]
Within hours of Turkey’s coup attempt, tens of thousands of arrests, suspensions and forced resignations — from military and judiciary members to civil servants and university deans — demonstrated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s resolve to make coup plotters “pay the heavy price of treason to the homeland.” These top-down purges, reminiscent of the routing of leftists following the […]
Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt shocked the international community. However, the coup’s failure does not mean that Turkish politics will soon return to normal. After such failed attempts to remove them from power, populist leaders such as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan typically respond with heightened repression and a paranoid style of politics that bodes ill […]