Tag Archives: Turkish elections

Regime Change

July 5, 2018 In November 2003, thousands of Georgian demonstrators took to the streets to protest the flawed results of a parliamentary election. They gave red roses to the soldiers symbolizing their peaceful intentions. And, soldiers who were expected to … Continue reading

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A Victory for the JDP / A Setback for Turkish Democracy

June 26, 2018 Everybody knew this was a landmark election, the last exit on the road to authoritarian rule. With continuing state of emergency, a failing economy, extreme polarization and a chain of foreign and security policy disasters, Government’s only … Continue reading

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Global Uncertainty and Turkey

June 3, 2018 At the opening session of the Munich Security Conference on February 16, 2018, NATO’s Secretary General Jean Stoltenberg underlined NATO’s past successes and then said: “… But the paradox is that, throughout our history, people have questioned … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Election Campaign: Clashing Manifestos

  Co-authored with Yusuf Buluç (*) May 31, 2018 With the publication of political parties’ election declarations Turkey’s election campaign has gathered steam. In Turkey, political parties’ election declarations/manifestos are much longer than those of Western parties. For example, UK’s Conservative and Unionist … Continue reading

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Turkish People’s Democracy Test

May 21, 2018 The EU summit held in Brussels on December 17, 2004 decided that accession negotiations with Turkey would start on October 3, 2005. The process was accordingly launched at the Luxembourg Intergovernmental Conference. This was three years after … Continue reading

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Turkish Elections: A Stunning Defeat for the Opposition

November 5, 2015 When the voting started last Sunday in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, the electorate had two choices: the prospect of a coalition government plagued with internal disputes or a Justice and Development Party (JDP) government which hopefully had learnt … Continue reading

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Turkish Elections: Continuing to Sail in Rough Seas

October 26, 2015 On June 7, Turkey held parliamentary elections. The result was a disappointment for the Justice and Development Party (JDP) because the electorate denied them a fourth consecutive term with parliamentary majority. The logical solution would have been … Continue reading

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