Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood
Yves Leterme & Sam van der Staak

Yves Leterme is the secretary-general of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), and former prime minister of Belgium.

Sam van der Staak is senior programme manager with International IDEA’s Wider Europe Programme. 

CONTRIBUTIONS

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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