Turkey


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 […]


Turkey’s Referendum: Political Stability Or Descent Into Total State Control?

A referendum scheduled to take place in Turkey on April 16, 2017, is threatening to reconfigure the democratic structure of the nation, which would see the ending of a parliamentary system in favour of an executive presidency. Not only would this inhibit the ability of the Turkish government to keep […]


US-Russian Diplomatic Relations Deteriorate Over Syria

Russian President, Vladimir Putin is reported to have said that the US-Russian relationship has witnessed an erosion of, what he terms, “trust” under the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Putin is said to have met with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson in a rather unwelcoming visit, despite it […]


England And US Ban Electronics On Flights From Middle Eastern Countries

Without warning on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that England would follow the United States’ example and ban certain electronic devices from flights originating from six Middle East countries. The announcement followed an earlier policy from the US Department of Homeland Security that bans “devices larger than a […]


Trump Administration Hosts Anti-ISIS Summit

President Donald Trump has invited 68 coalition nation’s fighting with Islamic State to meet in Washington. The Summit, which is a ministerial-level gathering of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It has been two years fighting against ISIS, and this meeting will […]


On The Viability Of The Political Solution For Syria In The Aftermath Of The Fall Of Aleppo

The Syrian conflict has long since ceased to be merely about Syria. Over the past six years, what began as a civil war of disheartened citizens opposing an autocrat transformed into a chaotic proxy war, involving a staggering number of stakeholders. As described by the Spiegel Online, “the country has […]


Pakistan Holds Female Lawmakers Conference, Hopes To Bring Gender Equality And Democracy

Pakistan hosted a three-day conference in which female lawmakers from 12 nations focused on the role of women within democracy. The theme for the conference was, “the role of women parliamentarians in strengthening democracy and social justice.” It included lawmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Romania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, […]