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Nov 18, 2016, 10:51 PM
Rethinking about Politics
The US presidential election and the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU have radically changed the way of understanding politics. We often see that the mainstream politicians and policy-makers express their disappointment at electors which are blamed...
Jun 22, 2016, 7:24 AM
What does the Lexit represent? Three advices for undecided voters!
1. Leaving the EU does not make you anti-immigrant nor anti-Europe! In fact, the European Union itself is the basis of anti-immigrant policies in two ways. Firstly, the EU legitimises and legalises anti-immigrant campaigns through its own policies. For example, the...
Nov 17, 2015, 7:01 PM
Understanding the Islamic State’s strategies in the context of the Sykes-Picot Agreement
The Islamic State's targets may seem to be chosen randomly however, there is an absolutely historical and geo-strategic motives behind it and therefore Paris attacks should be distinguished from other Islamic State attacks. In its scale and planning, the...
Sep 27, 2014, 4:48 PM
The relationship between Turkey & ISIS – Islamic State
Each day we began to hear that Turkish authorities often turn a blind eye to terrorism in Turkey especially in the customs gates and borders. How and why Turkish government (ruling party - AKP) has the image of terrorism...
May 23, 2014, 5:31 AM
Ideological Intoxication of Turkish Politics
Once we have reviewed the ruling AKP’s 12-year process, disintegrating and alienating (central axis of the Islamic-rooted AKP’s ideology) ideological reasons constantly played a key role on the authoritarian political agenda of the AKP that came to the fore...
May 12, 2014, 5:57 AM
Ideological Transformation of Turkey’s Politics
It has been more than ten years that Turkish ruling party (AK Party) presented as moderate Islamic administration to the world for the first time in political arena. Some countries wanted to set up an Islamic state on the...
Jan 16, 2014, 1:26 AM
The process of abnormalization of Turkish politics
Political actors have dramatically changed in Turkish politics following the fraud issue. The whole incident did not reflect well on the government. The Turkish PM, Tayyip Erdogan changed the image of institutions by force. The destruction of the law...
Jan 6, 2014, 3:44 PM
Is the ruling party (AK Party) legitimate in Turkey?
Currently, there are growing tensions in the ruling party of Turkey due to corruption and bribery scandal. In relation to that, the sons of former Interior Minister Muammer Guler, former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, former Environment and Urban Planning...
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Gurkan is an Oxford BA (Hons) graduated and pursuing a double master's in International Political Economy at Warwick & Strategic Studies at NTU in Singapore. He is also a published poet.