Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

A successful democratic transition requires not merely the change of elites at the helm of the state, but also a dismantlement of the authoritarian structures, establishment of democratic checks and balances, free media, effective political alternatives and building up of tolerance towards individual cultural and lifestyle choices of even those do not conform to the preferences of the majority. And herein lies the snag with the “Turkish model.”

 

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Eldar Mamedov and Viktor Makarov
Eldar Mamedov and Viktor Makarov
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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