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Firat Bozcali

Turkey Page Co-Editor

Turkey’s Three-Front War?

[Recently constructed Turkish military post near the Iranian border, an area recently declared a temporary security zone due to guerilla activity. Image by Firat Bozcali.]

On 20 July, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) attacked a press conference organized by the Socialist Youth Association Federation and killed thirty-three socialist activists in Suruç. On 22 July, a clash broke out between ISIS militants and Turkish soldiers near Kilis. The following day, Turkish authorities confirmed Turkey’s participation in the US-led international coalition against ISIS and bombed ISIS targets in Syria. That same day, Turkish authorities also ...

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Firat Bozcali


Firat Bozcali is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. He is interested in political economy and geography of state-formation in the Turkish border zones. His research focuses on smuggling networks, exploring the ways in which governmental binaries such as formal/informal, official/unofficial, legal/illegal, licit/illicit and private/public are produced and experienced in and by various modern technologies of power. He received a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Boğaziçi University and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University.