Aug 22, 2014
On 21 August, Turkey's Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the AK Party executive board's decision nominate Ahment Davutoğlu to succeed him as the leader of the party. In a few days, we will see Davutoğlu chosen as the leader of AK Party and the Prime Minister, but it will be a matter of time before his performance in this post can be assessed. In this piece, Global Fellow Bülent Aras reflects on Davutoğlu's rise to prominence in Turkish politics.
Aug 08, 2014
The August 10, 2014, presidential election in Turkey marks the first time voters will be able to directly elect their president. Current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has held power since 2002, is one of several candidates. Many factors will shape the outcome of the elections: domestic problems such as the economy, infrastructure, and corruption, as well as external issues, such as energy transit and the crisis in Syria. In this policy brief, Global Europe Program Global Fellow Bülent Aras, along with Yasin Duman, explores one of the most important factors: the “Kurdish Question.” Will the new president continue Erdoğan’s work of moving towards a resolution to the protracted conflict? What would such a resolution entail?
Jul 28, 2014
In the midst of anti-government protests and civil unrest that swept throughout Turkey in summer of 2013, former Wilson Center Scholar Susan C. Pearce witnessed first-hand a major milestone in Turkey’s LGBT community as estimates of 100,000 people gathered for the annual Istanbul LGBT pride parade.
Feb 19, 2014
“Southeastern European countries are positioned at one of the globe’s front lines of LGBTI organizing,” writes former Wilson Center research scholar Susan Pearce in her latest policy brief on LBGT rights “Gej” in Southeast Europe. According to Pearce, “There is an opportunity for this region’s activists and governments to assume unique leadership on these issues at this point in history.”
Feb 04, 2014
"There is a limit to how far Turkey will distance itself from the West, in particular during times of regional or international systemic crisis," writes Wilson Center Global Fellow Bulent Aras in his latest policy brief on "Turkey's Europe Momentum." Discussing Turkey's relationship with Europe, Aras suggests that "It is possible to generate new momentum for a dialogue with the EU once a carefully structured and expressed political rhetoric has been put into political circulation."
Aug 05, 2013
“Why Promoting Tolerance and Inclusion in Europe is in the U.S. Interest,” a Wilson Center policy brief by former Public Policy Scholar Spencer P. Boyer, demonstrates the relevance of diversity politics in Europe and its importance to the transatlantic relationship.
Jul 31, 2013
Alexandros Petersen wrote, “In a fast-changing global energy landscape, yesterday's small actors are increasingly today's dynamic players and possibly tomorrow's major decision-makers,” in an article published by UPI.com earlier this week.
May 10, 2013
Ina Merdjanova, former Southeast Europe policy scholar, releases her latest monograph Rediscovering the Umma. "Ina Merdjanova discusses the conditions and role of Islam in relation to post-Ottoman nation-building, the communist period, and post-communist developments in the Balkans, focusing in particular on the remarkable transformations experienced by Muslim communities after the end of the Cold War. Amidst multiple structural and cultural transitions, they sought to renegotiate their place and reclaim their Islamic identities in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies." (Oxford University Press)
Jan 31, 2013
"Sometimes European energy security is best left to those outside of the EU who not only have the gas to provide diversification, but the money and political will to make it happen," wrote Alexandros Petersen in a recent article published in the National Interest.