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Polarization in Turkey

As I have an early flight to catch tomorrow, this post will be very short.

This post is for those specially interested in current affairs and specifically Turkey.

Written prior to the attack in Istanbul yesterday, my friend, Aykan Erdemir (former Turkish MP and now with the Foundation for the Defense for Democracies – http://www.defenddemocracy.org/about-fdd/team-overview/dr-aykan-erdemir/ ) wrote an article in the journal Turkish Policy Quarterly.

The very short synopsis of the article is – Increasing governmental authoritarianism as well as growing social and political polarization has contributed to domestic violence, diplomatic isolation and economic slowdown. Current work on creating a new constitution seems to be misguided. A more incremental approach which focuses on strengthening civil and political rights and liberties is needed to reverse the negative spiral.

Happy reading :-).

http://www.turkishpolicy.com/article/798/turkey-needs-a-new-social-contract

 

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