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Ayça Çubukçu, Azat Z. Gündoğan, Ismet Akça, and Nicholas Glastonbury

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Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

[Istanbul, 15 April 2017. Photo by Ayça Çubukçu.]

Turkey Page Editors’ Introduction On 16 April 2017, amidst widespread reports of electoral fraud, a slim majority of those casting votes in Turkey voted to approve a referendum, which has as its main goal the overhaul of the executive branch. Most significantly, it does away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ceremonial position as head of state into the sole leadership position of the executive branch. Opposition ...

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Ayça Çubukçu is Assistant Professor in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she taught for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. She is a Co-Editor of the Turkey Page.

Azat Z. Gündoğan is a visiting scholar with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. His appointment is made possible in part by a fellowship from the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund. In November 2016, he and his wife, historian Nilay Ozok-Gündoğan, received the Middle East Studies Association’s Academic Freedom Award on behalf of more than 2,000 Turkish scholars who signed a peace petition in January of that year. 

Ismet Akça is an associated professor. His works focus on militarism, authoritarianism, neoliberalism, and the political sociology of Turkey. He is the co-editor of Turkey Reframed: Constituting Neoliberal Hegemony (Pluto Press, 2014).

Nicholas Glastonbury is a translator and a doctoral student in cultural anthropology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His research centers on Kurdish-language radio broadcasting from the former USSR, Cold War ideological struggles, nationalism, violence, gender, and sexuality. He is a Co-Editor of the Turkey Page.