Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

In this article the author argues that Turkey can be a positive catalyst for democratic change in the Middle East. In its evaluation of the potential success of thedemocratization process, the article analyzes eight indicators of the democraticrequirements for countries in need of change in the region: their economic situation,the international climate, a past democratic experience, the existence of pastdemocratic culture and institutions, and the role of ethnicity and civil society.In a recent speech the famous political scientist Samuel Huntington described three alternatives for the future of the Turkish Republic.

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Emre Erdoğan
Emre Erdoğan
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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