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Ankara Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014 Launch August 20, 2014 / Ankara

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) pleased to invite you to the gathering for:

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Looking Ahead to Wales August 29, 2014

GMF Senior Vice President Ivan Vejvoda discusses the expectations and context for the upcoming NATO summit in Wales.

Maritime challenges in the MENA region August 22, 2014

CNA Vice President Eric Thompson discusses maritime security challenges in the MENA region and the U.S. role.

Research & Analysis Archive

Democracy, Islam, and the AKP July 01, 2011 / Soli Ozel


Paradoxically, secularization and Islamization go hand in hand in Turkey. The AKP that emerged from Turkey’s Islamist movement is the agent of an ascending entrepreneurial class, which has prospered phenomenally in the course of the past eight years and benefited from patronage and rent distribution. Meanwhile, the losers of the global integration process were taken care of with a series of populist (and popular) measures. Is today’s picture in Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy a function solely of the AKP governments? Over the course of the last two centuries, Turkey made the historical choices to become a capitalist, secular, and democratic country with a Muslim population. The AKP must be seen and evaluated as a product of Turkish economic and political history, as must its foreign policy.