The Institute for Security and Development Policy regularly issues a variety of publications ranging from shorter Policy Briefs to more comprehensive studies in its Asia and Silk Road Papers series. Explore the different series below.
Turkey Transformed: The Origins and Evolution of Authoritarianism and Islamization Under the AKP
On June 7, 2015, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its majority in parliament, which it had maintained for 12 years. But, as is increasingly clear, losing an […]
A pattern of death: Turkey’s progressives are prey to the Leviathan
Turkey’s democrats, leftists and minorities have always been prey to the sinister machinations of the multi-tentacle Leviathan that is in charge of the country. Arrayed against them have been authoritarian […]
The Ankara Bombings: Collusion, Incompetence or Willful Indifference?
The near simultaneous double suicide bombings that killed at least 105 participants in a peace rally in Ankara on October 10 were the worst terrorist attack in Turkish history. Although […]
The Rise of Diyanet: the Politicization of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs
Since 2010, the State Directorate for Religious Affairs has risen in prominence. Diyanet’s budget has quadrupled under the AKP, and the Directorate now issues fatwas on demand, as well as […]
Taking it to the streets: Turkey’s rising social tensions
The recent spate of violent protests by Turkish ultranationalists – including attempted lynchings of ethnic Kurds – and the attacks by government supporters on the Hürriyet newspaper have reinforced already […]
Turkey’s Military Rulers
On July 28, Turkey’s president Erdogan broke off negotiations with Kurdish leaders and resumed hostilities against the Kurdish separatist movement. The article argues that this represents a defeat for the […]
The Islamization of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Education Reforms
The growing efforts at Islamization of Turkish society have largely gone unnoticed. For many years, Islamization was the dog that did not bark: in spite of dire predictions by secularists, […]
The Turkish-Kurdish Energy Deal Could Pave Way for Iraq’s Breakup
Initially encountering serious challenges, the energy cooperation ıs about to bring profound changes in the region.
The Case for a Coalition with the CHP: the AKP Needs to Refurbish Its Image in the West
The AKP’s loss of its absolute majority in the June 7 parliamentary election may paradoxically offer the regime the chance to refurbish its tarnished image in the West. That, at […]
Turkey Loses Ground in Cyprus
Seven months after Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades withdrew from the peace talks, attempts to reunify Cyprus are again underway with greater optimism following the election of Mustafa Akıncı as the […]