In the course of all the revolutions, counterrevolutions and wars in the Islamic world since the Arab Springs, Turkey has gone from being a role model bent on regional hegemony to a country focused on internal security.
Turkey’s recent elections have shed light on what could well be a domestic sea change. Combined with the turmoil throughout its neighborhood, the country’s political future is conditioned by new levels of complexity.
Artworks are often casualties of political strife. Sometimes they are looted, other times destroyed. One precious bronze statue risks oblivion because of the unending Palestinian troubles.
Whereas political parties once served to guarantee popular representation, they have increasingly come to be seen as autonomous entities concerned mainly with their own self-perpetuation. Are we headed for a partyless democracy?
Turkey is rapidly becoming a major force in the world’s most volatile region. As a result, the relationship between its security needs and its capacities has grown much more complex in light of the turbulence in its neighborhood.
In order to come to grips with shifts in international relations, analysts tend to rely on handy labels to facilitate their discourse. Yet overreliance on conceptual categories often belies the manifold nature of the entities being analyzed.
Now could be the time to give a more concrete and democratic meaning to the vague and somewhat oligarchic idea of global governance.
The absence of efficient political governance has left the EU incapable of a strong and speedy reaction to attacks on its currency.
The historical and strategic importance of the Silk Road for European trade has been embraced by Asian countries as a cornerstone to security as well as commerce.
There are many lessons to be learned from Afghanistan. One of the most glaring, however, is that a new approach to Central Asia as a whole is necessary in order to maintain stability.
There has never been a shortage of things to contest in the Middle East. Recently one more point of contention has been discovered: gas off the Israeli coast.
As autocratic regimes fall and the foundations of the nation-state in those ancient lands become more tenuous, we might do well to reconsider the thriving social structures that date back before civilization.