Turkey


As Turkey’s Ruling Party Elects Erdogan As Leader, Hope Of A Peaceful And Democratic Future In For The Country Fades

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected as the leader of Turkey’s ruling party, the Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, on May 21, 2017. This vote comes just weeks after the controversial Turkish referendum that gave Erdogan sweeping new powers and eliminated a constitutional amendment that required presidents […]


Mayday…Mayday…Mayday… Asylum Seeker Deaths at Sea

The number of asylum seekers and migrants journeying across the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge in Europe continues to rise higher, reflecting the escalating crisis of displaced people across the world. Proportionately, as more people risk their lives on the sea, the numbers presumed to have disappeared and drowned […]


Sixteen Migrants Die Crossing The Mediterranean Sea

Sixteen migrants, including two children, have died attempting to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece by boat on Sunday, April 24th, according to reports by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The vessel, allegedly a smuggler’s boat, capsized on Sunday night while trying to reach the […]


Syrian Safe Zones Deal Signed By Russia, Turkey, And Iran Comes Into Force

A deal signed between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, which envisions the establishment of four safe zones in Syria, came into effect at midnight on Friday, May 5th. The agreement calls for a ceasefire of conflict, the instalment of a flight exclusion area, unhindered supply of humanitarian aid, and the return […]


Sub-Saharan Africa In The Post-Brexit Era: Improving Security Through Trade

The Brexit referendum revealed the polarization of British politics, the increasing resistance to a centralized London economy, and to a greater extent the centralization of politics in Westminster. The domestic concerns and opportunities behind the UK’s future departure from the EU and its single market are widely discussed, but what does it mean […]


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Referendum Victory: Why It Is Bad For Turkish Democracy

In one sense, a referendum is democratic in its purest form: a vote for every person with the majority determining the outcome. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announced victory on 17 April 2017 for an executive presidency is quite the opposite. Turkey was called to vote in a referendum on whether […]