Turkey


Istanbul Mayoral Election: Does Erdogan’s Loss Mean Democracy Will Be Restored?

On June 23, 2019, Istanbul had a re-run mayoral election that made room for potential positive change in the near future. In March, the opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, won the Istanbul elections by a margin of 13,000 votes. The High Electoral Council denied Imamoglu victory on ambiguous legal grounds. On […]


Turkey’s Opposition Strikes Blow To Erdogan With Istanbul Mayoral Win

Last week, Turkey’s Republican People’s Party struck President Tayyip Erdogan with a harsh blow by winning control of Istanbul in its controversial re-run mayoral election. This victory for the opposition breaks the president’s “aura of invincibility” and delivers a message from Turkish voters who are unhappy over Erdogan’s increasing grip […]


The Clock Is Ticking For Cypriot Reunification

Turkish and Greek Cypriots alike recently celebrated the unification of the divided Cypriot polity. 1974 marked the creation of the boundary on the island following the Turkish invasion of Northern Cyprus in response to an Athens-sponsored coup. The opening of the eastern and western island crossings, Famagusta Dherniya and Lefke […]


Being a Woman In Turkey

Domestic violence has been an ongoing issue in Turkey. Turkey, a democratic nation by name, claims adherence to equality and to the rule of law. However, Turkey’s social, economic and political culture remains devastatingly masculine. Despite its claims to being a progressive nation, Turkey is a male-led country which directly […]