Christians have lived in Turkey for two millennia – but their future is uncertain

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 21 NOVEMBER 2019, THE CONVERSATION Vowing to better protect Christians, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told media at the White House recently that Turkey will restore churches damaged during the civil war in northeastern Syria. With this statement, Erdoğan might have hoped to send signals addressing western concerns about the vulnerabilities of Christians in his own country, … Continue reading Christians have lived in Turkey for two millennia – but their future is uncertain

Can his Incursion into Syria Help Turkey’s Erdoğan Consolidate Power?

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 22 OCTOBER 2019, INFORMED COMMENT Omaha, NE (Informed Comment) – Turkey is a country where the status of democracy and human rights has never been isolated from international developments. Turkey became a multi-party democracy only after it was threatened by Soviet Russia and put under the NATO defense shield. As I examined elsewhere, when … Continue reading Can his Incursion into Syria Help Turkey’s Erdoğan Consolidate Power?

A Century of Western Meddling in the Middle East: A Backgrounder

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 18 JANUARY 2019, SIYASA Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Egypt and gave a speech at American University in Cairo. Secretary Pompeo criticized President Obama’s foreign policy in the region by referring to his famous speech, “A New Beginning,” given in Cairo after he became the president in 2009. He blamed Obama of retreating American … Continue reading A Century of Western Meddling in the Middle East: A Backgrounder

Why Do Former Victims Become New Oppressors?

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 14 NOVEMBER 2018, SIYASA On 12 November 2018, the Amnesty International withdrew its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s chief of government, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. In the past, Suu Kyi was put on house arrest for several years by the military … Continue reading Why Do Former Victims Become New Oppressors?

Turkish Islamism 2.0: Hegemonic, Nationalist, and Populist

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 30 AUGUST 2016, BERKLEY FORUM If it had succeeded, the July 15 coup would have turned Turkey into a military authoritarian regime. It might have even led Turkey into a spiral of violent political instability for several years to come. The failure of the coup saved Turkey from a possible military authoritarianism and … Continue reading Turkish Islamism 2.0: Hegemonic, Nationalist, and Populist

Why give to charity? What Muslims and Catholics have in common.

CAROLYN WARNER and RAMAZAN KILINÇ 3 FEBRUARY 2016, WASHINGTON POST Organized religions have traditionally played a major role in charitable works — Christian and Muslim organizations have long established schools, hospitals and social service organizations. Catholic Charities USA reported that it spent more than $4 billion to serve over 10 million people in 2013 alone.. Social services … Continue reading Why give to charity? What Muslims and Catholics have in common.

Turkey: from Conservative Democracy to Popular Authoritarianism

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 5 DECEMBER 2015, OPEN DEMOCRACY On Sunday, November 1, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its majority in the parliament, winning the 49 percent of the votes. The party secured 317 seats in a 550-member parliament to continue its single-party government for another term, after losing it in the June 7 elections. Despite … Continue reading Turkey: from Conservative Democracy to Popular Authoritarianism