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Center for Middle East Studies

Turkey Resources

Here you will find a wealth of information on modern Turkish history, the evolution and current state of Turkish domestic politics, the relationship between religion and state, minority rights and human rights, Turkish foreign policy, and much more. You will also find a selected bibliography of the best books available for further consultation

major issues in Contemporary Turkish Politics

Jenny White
"Turkey At a Tipping Point"
Current History

Ahmet T. Kuru
"Corruption, Islamism, and Twitter in Turkey"

Fethullah Gülen
"Turkey's Eroding Democracy"
The New York Times

Mustafa Akyol
"Turkey is Becoming More Secular, Not Less"

Mustafa Akyol
"Erdoğan's 'New Turkey' Much Like the Old"

Senem Aslan
"Different Faces of Turkish Nationalism"
The Washington Post

Tim Arango
"Turkish Leader, Citing Conflicts, Cements Power"
The New York Times

Howard Eissenstat
"Stunted Democracy: Erdoğan, the AKP, and Turkey’s Slide into Authoritarianism"
Project on Middle East Democracy

Jay Cassano
"Turkey's Protests are About Democracy, Not Religion"
The Nation

Turkey Task Force
"Diminishing Press Freedom in Turkey"
Rethink Paper 18 

The Financial Times
"FT Special Report: Turkey"
The Financial Times

Jenny White
The American Interest

Richard Falk

Turkish foreign policy

Ahmet T. Kuru
"Turkey’s Failed Policy toward the Arab Spring: Three Levels of Analysis"
Mediterranean Quarterly 

Sinan Ekim
"Erdoğan, Syria and the Kurds: be careful what you wish for"

Christopher de Bellaigue
"Turkey's Double Game in Syria"
New York Review of Books

Aaron Stein
"Turkey's Evolving Syria Strategy"
Foreign Affairs

Henri J. Barkley
"Turkey's Syria Predicament"
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

Claire Sadar
"Dreaming of Russia in Ankara: Is Erdoğan Following in Putin's Footsteps?"

Foreign Affairs

Douglas H. Garrison
"Religious Diplomacy and the Struggle for Influence in the Islamic World"
Muftah Magazine

Semih Idiz
"Ankara Sidelined on Syria"

Soner Cagaptay & Marc Sievers
"Turkey and Egypt's Great Game in the Middle East"
Foreign Affairs

Gönül Tol
"Turkey's Balancing Act between Iran and Saudi Arabia"
Middle East Institute

Soli Özel and Behlül Özkan
"Illusions Versus Reality: Turkey's Approach to the Middle East and North Africa"
FRIDE Policy Brief

Metin Gurcan
"Erdogan's Carefully Crafted 'Authenticity'"

Gender & turkish society

Elif Shafak
"After Years of Silence, Turkey's Women are Going Into Battle Against Oppression"
The Guardian

Ceyda Nurtsch
"Interview with Turkish Sociologist Nilufer Gole"

Deniz Kandiyoti
"A Tangled Web: The Politics of Gender in Turkey"

Yeşim Arat
"Religion, Politics, and Gender Equality in Turkey: Implications of a Democratic Paradox?"
Third World Quarterly

Yüksel Sezgin
"Turkish Women's Rights Beyond Islamists and Secularists"
The Washington Post

Sibel Hurtas
"Islamic Feminist Challenges Orthodoxy from Within"

Minority Politics & Human Rights in Turkey

Christian Caryl
"The World's Next Country"
Foreign Policy

Jenna Krajeski
"What Kobani Means for Turkey's Kurds"
The New Yorker

Marina Ottaway & David Ottaway
"How the Kurds Got Their Way: Economic Cooperation & the Middle East's New Borders"
Foreign Affairs

Mustafa Akyol
"Turkey's New Kurdish Problem"
The New York Times

Christopher de Bellaigue
"The Resurgence of the Kurds"
New York Review of Books

Burcu Ozcelik
"Will the PKK Disarm?"

Al Jazeera
"Turkey's Alevis Beholden to Politics"
Al Jazeera

Aaron Stein
"The Kurdish Impact on Turkey's Democratic Development"
MENASource (The Atlantic Council)

Ronald Grigor Suny
"The Cost of Turkey's Genocide Denial"
The New York Times

Arman Grigoryan
"Can Armenia Move Past Its Hatred of Turkey?"
The Washington Post

Dana Walrath
"Denial Keeps the Genocide Alive"
Foreign Policy

Documentaries & Debates

Al Jazeera, The Cafe
"Cafe Roundtable on Turkey with Mehdi Hassan"

selected bibliography

Taner Akçam
The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton, 2012)

Vicken Cheterian
Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide (Hurst, 2015)

Thomas de Waal
Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford, 2015)

Hilal Elver
The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion (Oxford, 2014)

Carter Vaughn Findley
Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity : A History 1789-2007 (Yale, 2010)

Andrew Finkel
Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2012)

M. Şükrü Hanioğlu
A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire (Princeton, 2010)

M. Şükrü Hanioğlu
Atatürk:  An Intellectual Biography (Princeton, 2012)

Ahmet T. Kuru & Alfred Stepan, Eds.
Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey (Columbia, 2012)

Bernard Lewis
The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Oxford, 2001)

Robert Lowe & Gareth Stansfield, Eds.
The Kurdish Policy Imperative (Chatham House, 2010)

Şerif Mardin
Religion, Society, and Modernity in Turkey (Syracuse, 2006)

Ilter Turan
Turkey's Difficult Journey to Democracy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Oxford, forthcoming May 2015)

Jenny White
Muslim Nationalism and The New Turks, Updated edition (Princeton, 2014)

M. Hakan Yavuz
Islamic Political Identity in Turkey (Oxford, 2005)

M. Hakan Yavuz
Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey (Cambridge, 2009)

M. Hakan Yavuz
Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement (Oxford, 2013)

Eric J. Zürcher
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to Atatürk's Turkey (I.B. Tauris, 2010)