What opposition?

As the implications of last month’s coup attempt continue to shake Turkey, opposition-government relations in the country are undergoing a complete shift. While much attention has been cast on how rapprochement between the opposition and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has created an atmosphere of unity in Turkey that could dissolve social polarization,…

Dutch Turks: a diaspora under the shadow of Turkish politics

While the repercussions of last month’s coup attempt rock Turkey by the day, its effects have reached beyond the country, causing sometimes violent divisions within the diaspora. Though the rapidly developing Turkish community in the Netherlands possesses the means to relate to Dutch society on a more individualistic level, recent events are a reminder that the influence…

WikiLeaks ‘Erdoğan Leaks’ reinforce questions about data security in Turkey

Allegations that the ‘Erdoğan leaks’ revealed sensitive and private information about women in Turkey have raised questions over data security in the country at a time when the government has stepped up the state’s powers to collect and store personal data. Independent Turkey, 27 July 2016 Available at: http://independentturkey.org/wikileaks-erdogan-leaks/

Avoiding Conflict Minerals: Securing the Future of the Congolese Youth

The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been fought since 1994, when Hutu rebels crossed the border from Rwanda following the genocide there. With Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola all involved to this day, the conflict is currently the deadliest ongoing conflict in the world. Eastern Congo, controlled by armed rebels,…

Sleepwalking Out of Europe? The Oxford Election Debate

Global Directions at Merton College, University of Oxford, held an election debate for parliamentary candidates running for the seats of Oxford West and Abingdon and Henley on the 11th of March. The debate, chaired by Dr Sergi Pardos-Prado, featured candidates Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats), Sally Copley (Labour), Alan Harris (UKIP) for Oxford West and Abingdon,…

The Perils of Turkish Presidentialism

With Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sworn in as Turkey’s first popularly elected president last August, the debates on adopting a presidential system have once again come to the forefront in the run-up to the Turkish general election in June. The most important implication of the election will be whether it will lead to a formal move…

Media at a Time of Rapid Change: The Oxford Media Convention 2015

Organized by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a leading progressive think tank, the fourteenth annual Oxford Media Convention was held on the 4th of March. This year’s focus was on the media industry at this time of rapid change. Topics of discussion included policies to support the production of high quality, original content…