Halil M. Karaveli
Editor, The Turkey Analyst
From 1991 to 2007, Mr. Karaveli served as an editorial writer at the Swedish daily Östgöta Correspondenten. His publications include Turkiet – en nygammal stormakt? [Turkey – a reborn great power?] (Swedish Institute of International affairs, 1993) and Landet mellan öst och väst – en historisk-politisk översikt [The country between East and West – a historical and political overview], in Turkiet – Bro eller barriär mellan Europa och Asien [Turkey – Bridge or Barrier between Europe and Asia] (1997), Prospects for a “Torn” Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future? (2008), co-authored with Svante E. Cornell, and Reconciling Statism with Freedom – Turkey’s Kurdish Opening (2010).
Mr. Karaveli’s recent research has been focused on authoritarianism in Turkey, the return of the military and the interplay of class dynamics and democratic failure.
Mr. Karaveli’s articles have been published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs and the National Interest.
Mr. Karaveli is a frequent commentator on Turkish affairs in Swedish media.
Mr. Karaveli holds a B.Sc. in Political science from the University of Gothenburg.
Publications by Halil M. Karaveli
The Myth of Erdogan’s Power
Far from a sultan, the Turkish president is hemmed in by the nationalists who back him—and they don’t want him to get too close to Russia. This month, Turkish President […]
Can Turkey Change?
Though not impossible, change remains an unlikely prospect in Turkey. Seen in a larger historical perspective, the switch from parliamentarianism to presidential rule represents less of a break with continuity […]
Why Turkey is Authoritarian: From Atatürk to Erdogan
For the last century, the Western world has regarded Turkey as a pivotal case of the ‘clash of civilisations’ between Islam and the West. Why Turkey is Authoritarian offers a […]
Will the Kurdish Question Secure Erdoğan’s Re-election?
The Kurdish question may serve President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, helping to secure his re-election. The election campaign has demonstrated that Erdoğan no longer energizes the masses; after fifteen years in […]
Turkey’s Emergency Election: The Primacy of Raison d’etat
It is not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “power hunger” that accounts for Turkey’s snap presidential and general election. Instead, raison d’état is behind this event, which will enshrine presidential rule. […]
Living on Different Planets: Washington, Ankara and the Zarrab Case
Reza Zarrab’s testimony in early December to a New York court was hardly helpful in breaking the impasse in Turkish-American relations. By implicating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly in […]
Walking for Justice: The Path Forward for Turkey’s Opposition
With his call for justice, which is a concept and a call that resonates among vast swathes of the population, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has positioned himself as the tribune […]
Turkey’s Authoritarian Legacy
It’s tempting to blame the country’s recent slide into repression on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s thirst for personal power. But did the ruling Islamist party ever really abandon the country’s long […]
Can “Constitutional Engineering” Once Again Succeed in Pacifying Turkey?
Historically in Turkey, there is a relationship between the rise of emancipation movements and “constitutional engineering”, between class- or ethnic-based challenges to the established order and the imposition of authoritarian […]
Turkey is Expecting a Restart with the U.S.
The Kurdish question has, once again, complicated Turkish-American relations. The rhetoric of anti-Americanism remains useful to whip up and mobilize nationalist opinion. Yet, Erdoğan’s Islamists are not any aspiring anti-imperialists. […]