Monthly Archives: April 2013

Davutoğlu: “‘Point of no return”

With a slight delay of some days of the date planned, the negotiating parts have now reached the second threshold of the peace process’s first phase. It has been about silencing the guns first, which has been done. Ever since … Continue reading

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Turkey’s glasnost: Kurds and Armenians

Such is the power of the dynamics of transformation. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “switching-on” of the Kurdish peace process at the very end of December 2012 showed how deeply “Turkish glasnost” was hidden in the depths of the sociopolitical … Continue reading

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Not unlikely at all: CHP’s ‘modernists’ may stage an uprising

Sırrı Süreyya Önder, a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy — the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was clear in his statement that a final PKK declaration on withdrawal is impending. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, prime minister of … Continue reading

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Finally, an awakening on media

“…notes with concern that most media are owned by and concentrated in large conglomerates with a wide range of business interests ; reiterates its call for the adoption of a new media law addressing, inter alia, the issues of independence, … Continue reading

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What changed between April 1998 and April 2013?

  No one would wish to be in the place of Ömer Çelik, the minister of culture and tourism. He was a guest of honor at the London Book Fair, where Turkey is the market focus partner, but even before … Continue reading

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Victimized, Vulnerable, Hegemonious, Insensitive: Prime Minister and The Pianist

Below is my piece for Huffington Post, (April 17, 2013)   Intensely busy, intellectually engaged and emotionally very tense, Turkey is in the midst of two seemingly parallel and synched reform processes: a new constitution and peace talks with the … Continue reading

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‘So what?’

  A considerable portion of the reactions I receive on my analyses of matters related to Turkey has been shaped over the “optimism-pessimism” divide. It implies, often, that pessimism is a more correct approach, while optimism should be seen as … Continue reading

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The long-distance handshake

  Everything has gone as planned so far. Well, mostly. On his way to Bishkek, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan talked vaguely about “some minor disturbances.” He most probably had the clashes at Diyarbakır’s Dicle University in mind, where … Continue reading

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Despite doubts and speculation, PKK much closer to withdrawal

  Dispersing doubts little by little, the Kurdish peace process is taking shape as the days go by. To repeat a short phrase of mine: so far, so good. To paraphrase a source who is inside the process: “What is … Continue reading

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Deadlock on draft constitution clears way to destination

“Peace at home, peace abroad…” If this over-the-top, repeated saying of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has today any meaning left it all amounts to whether or not the current political class will be able to produce a constitution that will ensure … Continue reading

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