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  • A moment of elation: The Gezi protests/resistance and the fading of the AKP project 

    Authors:Özel, Soli
    Publisher and Date:(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
    Soli Özel situates Gezi in a broader, more global, Y context and offers insights into the societal dynamics that might have led to the June protests. Pointing to the commonalities between social movements in countries as dissimilar as Thailand, Brazil, Ukraine and Greece (or indeed the Arab world), Özel stresses the role of the impoverished middle classes, who try to turn these protests into an opportunity to produce participatory and democratic political spaces. What was put into practice with ...

  • NATO and Turkey in the post-Cold War world: between abandonment and entrapment 

    For the last two decades two fears have largely shaped Turkey's view of NATO. These are fears of entrapment and abandonment. Both are symptoms of a type of security dilemma that is peculiar to military alliances and coalitions. Both fears had their origins in the Cold War in the context of Turkey's 60-year-old NATO membership. They also led to the pursuit of autonomy in Turkish foreign policy both as a response strategy and as a strategic choice in its own right. While the former version featured ...

  • Turkey's dilemmas 

    Authors:Özel, Soli; Özcan, Gencer
    Publisher and Date:(2011)
    Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which prides itself on serving as a regional model of democratic governance, often pays lip service to human rights and democratic principles in its foreign policy. Yet when dealing with politically less than attractive regional partners, the AKP will frequently maintain public silence rather than risk harm to Turkish interests, particularly economic ones. Will the more robust human-rights policy that Turkey has begun to apply in the Middle East ...

  • US Policies Adrift in a Levant in Turmoil 

    The Levant has constituted one of the core areas of interest for US foreign policy since the Second World War. The aim of this article is to shed light on the US policies towards the Levant mostly during the last two American administrations to understand how the vicissitudes of the region and of American politics made Washington's policy towards the Levant look biased at times incompetent and most importantly inconsistent. This article examines the changes in approach to the region as a whole ...