Contemporary Turkish Politics

Outside the Mevlana Museum

On October 14, more than a dozen scholars of Turkish politics came together at Rice University’s Baker Institute in Houston to discuss issues ranging from identity expression, to political representation, to religious and state authority in contemporary Turkey. In the wake of the July 15 coup attempt, these diverse analyses offer crucial insight into a state that, until recently, was held up as a model of democracy and stability in the region. The authors in this collection contextualize current events with deep roots in Turkish history, complicate the often referenced secular/ religious polarity, and provide much needed nuance to the discourse on the AKP and Erdoğan.

Memos will be posted individually here and collectively as an issue in our POMEPS Studies series.

Good Things Don’t Last Forever: Arab Uprisings and the Turkish Model Ekrem Karakoc, Department of Political Science Binghamton University (SUNY)

The many faces of Kurdish political representation in Turkey, Sabri Çiftçi, Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies, Kansas State University

Foreign fighters from Turkey, Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, University of Central Florida

The Clash of Islamists: The crisis of the Turkish state and democracy, Sebnem Gumuscu, Middlebury College

AKP’s foreign policy and its party identity, Esen Kirdiş, Rhodes College

Piety, intimacy, and emotions: Political symbolism of the AKP governmentSenem Aslan, Bates College

Politics of confinement: Curfews and civilian control in Turkish counterinsurgencyAysegul Aydin & Cem Emrence, University of Colorado-Boulder, Leiden University

Towards Erdogan and the East: Conspiracies and public perception in post-coup TurkeyKimberly Guiler, The University of Texas at Austin

Opportunity Missed: Identity Alignment and Turkey’s Kurdish Question, Lisel Hintz, Barnard College

Why did the PKK declare Revolutionary People’s War in July 2015? Şener Aktürk, Koç University, Istanbul 

Counting the Uncounted: Measuring the politicization of Kurdish identity in TurkeyAvital Livny, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Women’s representation across national and local office in TurkeyAbdullah Aydogan, Melissa Marschall, and Marwa Shalaby, Rice University’s Baker Institute