Democracy is not doing well in the MENA region and political parties are the main casualties, surviving through life-support mechanisms but failing to make inroads in their respective national political contexts.
- Armenia struggles with its international standing as its increased isolation may mean that it will not be in a position to negotiate with its neighbor Azerbaijan over any future conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- The sentencing of popular Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu to 2 years and 7 months in prison with a lifetime ban from public office on suspicion of insulting the judges of the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) has reinvigorated the opposition and provided their leaders with an opportunity to cement their base.
- Osman Kavala, the most important representative of Turkish civil society, has now been sentenced to life in prison, for having financed and supported the Gezi Park movement and having allegedly played a role in organising the attempted coup d’état of July 15th, 2016. Other 7 accused, all human rights activists including Can Atalay, Mücella Yapıcı, Çiğdem Mater, Hakan Altınay, MineÖzerden, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, will have to face 18 years in prison.
- Fresh talks and concrete gestures are pointing to a possible, historic normalization of relations in Southern Caucasus. What’s driving the process?
- The 100,000-strong Turkish minority of Thrace is proudly attached to its roots – and equally cautious at Ankara’s religious-conservative drift.
- A recent webinar held for the launch of the Transatlantic Platform for Democracy in Turkey sheds light on the case that has fuelled new diplomatic tension between Turkey and Western countries.
- Turkey’s regime is trying to exploit the return of the Taliban in Kabul to reassert its regional power. But Erdoğan will be moving on a slippery ground.
- How are Sunni and Shiite countries viewing the Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan? How will that impact on Islamist movements across the region?
- What are the spaces for alternative journalism in AKP’s Turkey? And what should “alternative” to the mainstream media mean, really?