Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The Arab revolution has a long way to go before settling itself and establishing a calm and stable climate conducive to democracy in the region. Some Western circles envision the creation of a moderately Islamic and relatively democratic Sunnite “belt” in the Middle East. This approach rests on the assumption that “moderate Islam” is the antidote of “radical Islam”, which does not match oriental realities. The AKP government in Turkey is aware of the fact that “moderate Islam” is an inaccurate concept. However, it pays lip service to the advocates of this idea and aspires to the leadership of a Sunnite belt. The real antidote against radicalism is for the international community to support the aspirations of the Arab peoples, rather than attempting to exploit the current political climate...

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Osman Korutürk
Osman Korutürk
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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