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From the Desk of the Editor

From the Desk of the Editor

Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April changing Turkey’s system from a parliamentary to a presidential one – approved by 51.4...

Süreya Martha Köprülü | 24 September 2017

The ‘Justice March’ & The State Of Turkey’s Democracy

The ‘Justice March’ & The State Of Turkey’s Democracy

In July 2017, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the 69 year-old leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), completed a 450-kilometer ‘Justice March’ from Ankara to Istanbul, which drew hundreds of thousands of participants. Seven years after his first interview with TPQ, we sat down again with Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu to discuss the ‘Justice March’ and the state of affairs in Turkey. Reflecting on the march, Kılıçdaroğlu...

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu | 14 September 2017

The Advent of Turkey’s Industry 4.0

The Advent of Turkey’s Industry 4.0

Humankind has entered the fourth era of industry – dubbed Industry 4.0 or the fourth Industrial Revolution – in which the “internet of things and services” is becoming an integral part of manufacturing. The term was first introduced in 2011 as part of a German initiative to enhance its competitiveness in the manufacturing industry, but is now being implemented around the world. In this article, the author explains the benefits for Turkey in adopting an Industry 4.0 model...

Faruk Özlü | 24 September 2017

The Role of Wealth Funds in an Entrepreneurial Economy

The Role of Wealth Funds in an Entrepreneurial Economy

Over the last decade, the role of the state in global economic policy has deepened, which particularly has implications for sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). SWFs – government-owned investment vehicles established with a purpose to boost the national economy – originated in the 1950s but they have grown significantly since then, now possessing huge amounts of investment capital. In this article, the authors argue that while each SWF has its own unique objective, on a whole SWFs are...

Mehmet Bostan & Mustafa Ergen | 24 September 2017

Advancing Women’s Equality in Turkey

Advancing Women’s Equality in Turkey

Over the last 15 years, there has been a steady erosion of women’s freedoms and rights in Turkey. While the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) rose to power by advocating for women’s rights – through legislations on child custody, divorce, and protections against violence – the political discourse throughout much of the AKP era has been characterized by gender inequality and patriarchal norms. In this article, the author examines the status of women in Turkey from...

Aylin Nazlıaka | 24 September 2017

The Qatar Diplomatic Crisis and the Politics of Energy

The Qatar Diplomatic Crisis and the Politics of Energy

The prolongation of the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies – which saw Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June 2017 – will not only have implications for Qatar, but also for the political and economic landscape of the entire region. In this article, the author takes stock of the energy and geopolitical dimensions of the crisis from both the Saudi and Qatari perspectives. On the Saudi side, swift de-escalation is...

Mithat Rende | 24 September 2017

Achieving Sustainable Growth through Economic Inclusion in Turkey

Achieving Sustainable Growth through Economic Inclusion in Turkey

Turkey has faced a number of challenges in the recent past, but the government has acted swiftly and successfully to limit the impact on the economy. However, in order to generate sustainable growth in the country, structural reforms are required to enhance the competitiveness of the economy. This article looks at how Turkey can take advantage of its significant human capital potential in order to improve competitiveness and attract foreign direct investment (FDI), and details activities the...

Roger Kelly | 24 September 2017

Turkey’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Values over Valuations

Turkey’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Values over Valuations

Turkey has experienced a rapid increase in the number of young and female entrepreneurs over the last few years. Encouraged and inspired by the local Turkish ecosystem, new ventures are charged with highly motivated teams working together towards socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and pro-poor inclusive business models. While large companies are struggling with adapting to the needs of emerging markets, start-ups are employing inclusive business strategies and enjoying high growth...

Hansın Doğan | 24 September 2017

“One Belt One Road” Initiative: Perks and Challenges for Turkey

“One Belt One Road” Initiative: Perks and Challenges for Turkey

The People’s Republic of China has embarked on an initiative that could be the biggest infrastructure project for years to come. The project aims to strengthen commercial ties between nations, connecting Chinese cities to the rest of the world. The ambitious agenda of the initiative has already begun to materialize, as seen in the railroad connections springing between Europe and China. The Turkish public is relatively unaware of the extent of the initiative, and Turkey’s role in it....

Rıza Kadılar & Erkin Ergüney | 24 September 2017

A New Era for Cities: Time to Combat Climate Change at the Urban Level

A New Era for Cities: Time to Combat Climate Change at the Urban Level

After years of negotiating, 55 countries became signatories to the 2016 Paris Agreement, in which states pledged to curb carbon emissions and take action for climate change adaptation. Applauded for its speedy ratification, the accord also identified both developing and developed countries as equally responsible in combatting climate change. However, despite international praise the author argues that of the Paris climate accord’s shortcomings include its lack of compliance mechanisms and...

Özgül Erdemli Mutlu | 24 September 2017

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Gender Equality in Turkey

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Gender Equality in Turkey

Since the early 2000s, Turkey has been taking steps to advance gender equality, which became part of the governments’ agenda as a major component of EU accession negotiations. While there have been advancements in this regard, including the updating of the country’s fundamental laws and a new Penal Code in 2004, the implementation of national gender equality commitments has lagged. Women continue to be under-represented in decision-making, both on the political and private sector...

Ürün Güner | 24 September 2017

Book Review: False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

Book Review: False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

In False Dawn Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East,* Steven A. Cook examines the trajectory of events in four countries – Turkey, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt – to elucidate why the Middle Eastern uprisings failed, and why they should not be construed as “revolutions.” Cook argues that despite appearances, there were no true revolutions in the Middle East, since none of the affected societies underwent social revolutions, and the old structures of power...

Semuhi Sinanoğlu | 24 September 2017

From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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