Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s ascent to the leadership of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in May 2010 represents the rise of a social democratic challenge to the current securitized policy discourse and practice in Turkey. CHP’s recent attempts to balance state and human security have the potential to institutionalize a comprehensive security approach that is in line with worldwide developments. CHP’s comprehensive security framework, based on an unequivocal commitment to fundamental rights and freedoms as well as progressive social policies, has the potential to offer sustainable solutions to Turkey’s existential security dilemmas. In turn; this could play a decisive role in shaping not only Turkey’s national policy, 
but also its regional and global orientation.
 
 
 
CONTRIBUTOR
Aykan Erdemir
Aykan Erdemir

Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish parliament, faculty member at Bilkent University, and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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