Archive | October, 2017

Question of democracy in the Turkish Republic

On the 29th October, the Turkish Republic marked its 94th anniversary. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has never concealed its distaste for secular, national commemorations. Instead, they have been promoting some significant dates from the Ottoman history and Islamic holidays as popular occasions to celebrate. With secularism eroding before their eyes, the non-AKP […]




Guarding against tyranny – Snyder’s twenty lessons from history

I had already known that Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale, was an exceptional researcher and writer. His 2010 book Bloodlands- Europe between Hitler and Stalin was truly eye-opening for those of us closely involved with the former Soviet Union and interested in the history of the last century. When his latest book […]




Why is irredentism back in vogue in Turkey?

The fiery and undiplomatic language used by the President and the senior members of the government have often caused awkwardness and tension in Turkey’s foreign relations. Recently, it is the vitriolic and irredentist rhetoric of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) that is starting to become an alarming trend. Even though the MHP had suffered […]