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
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?
RAMAZAN KILINÇ 7 MAY 2019, SIYASA On May 6, Turkey’s Higher Electoral Council canceled the mayoral elections in Istanbul and ordered the rerun of the race on June 23. This decision wiped away the humiliating defeat of the governing Justice and Development Party in Istanbul. Turkey had already been in the path to authoritarianism under the … Continue reading The Perils of Religious Politics in Turkey
RAMAZAN KILINÇ 14 FEBRUARY 2019, SIYASA In January 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a Middle East tour with the goal of forming an alliance that could contain Iran in the region. He vowed to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria and decrease Iran’s role in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen. For observers … Continue reading The Limits of an anti-Iran Alliance in the Middle East
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
RAMAZAN KILINÇ 23 NOVEMBER 2018, SIYASA On October 19, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, delivered a sermon and declared the Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman as a renewer of religion whom all Muslims should obey. This move was in reaction to … Continue reading Muslims Should Reclaim Religion from the State
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?