Archive | July, 2016

Turkey is not willing to help itself

It has now become clear that the highly partisan and polarising policies of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have seriously weakened Turkey’s key institutions, making the country vulnerable to the kind of failed power grab we have witnessed on 15 July. The heavy-handed retribution that followed the botched coup attempt has further reduced […]

The way out of Turkey’s turbulence is through the rule of law

The failed coup attempt on 15 July has seriously damaged Turkey and increased its vulnerability to multiple security threats. These are extra-ordinary times and it is not surprising a state of emergency has been declared. After a long meeting of the National Security Council and the cabinet, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the state […]

Turkey’s Syrian policy- chickens are coming home to roost

President Erdogan’s out-of-the-blue announcement that millions of Syrians living in Turkey are to be given the chance to become citizens of the country has been met with widespread skepticism in society. A poll, conducted by Metropoll in March this year, had shown that 83% of the population was against it, opposition running across the political […]