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Koray Caliskan


The Spring of Turkey, The Fall of Erdogan

[Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives speech at USAK, 3 February 2010. Image by NIlgun Gulcan, from Wikimedia]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s insistence on demolishing Gezi Park and building a shopping mall on it was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes behind the demonstrations that have shaken Turkey. The real reason is composed of three elements: rising authoritarianism, declining secularism, and stalled democratization. On 28 December 2011 at 9:37 pm, the Turkish Air Force bombarded a group of Turkish citizens around a Kurdish village whose ...

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Koray Caliskan


Koray Çalışkan is Associate Professor of politics at Boğaziçi University. He is a columnist in Radikal and an analyst at Haberturk TV. He received PhD with distinction from NYU. His dissertation was on Egypt, Turkey, and the US.