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The Western Balkans in the World

The Western Balkans in the World

Linkages and Relations with Non-Western Countries

Edited by Florian Bieber, Nikolaos Tzifakis

London, Routledge, 2019

Introduction: The Influence of External Actors in the Western Balkans

Florian Bieber and Nikolaos Tzifakis

Chapter 1 Security co-operation in the Western Balkans: Cracks and erosion of Euro-Atlantic integration?

Tobias Flessenkemper and Marko Kmezić

Chapter 2 The economic development of the Western Balkans: The importance of non-EU actors

Matteo Bonomi and Milica Uvalic

Part I Western Balkan Case Studies

Chapter 3 Serbia: Looking East, going West?

Florent Marciacq

Chapter 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Abandoned by the West, embraced by the East?

Adnan Huskic

Chapter 5 Kosovo: Between Western and Non-Western States

Gëzim Visoka

Chapter 6 North Macedonia: A fertile ground for external influences

Zoran Nechev and Ivan Nikolovski

Chapter 7 Montenegro: Always at a Crossroads

Jovana Marovic

Chapter 8 Albania: New Geopolitics and shifting linkages

Enika Abazi

Part II Non-Western Countries

Chapter 9 Russia: Playing a Weak Hand Well

Dimitar Bechev

Chapter 10 China: A New Geoeconomic Approach to the Balkans

Anastas Vangeli

Chapter 11 Turkey: Forced marriage or marriage of convenience with the Western Balkans?

Ahmet Erdi Öztürk and Samim Akgönül

Chapter 12 UAE: Sultanism meets illiberal democracy

Will Bartlett and Tena Prelec

Conclusions

Florian Bieber and Nikolaos Tzifakis

 
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Publié par le mai 2, 2019 dans Nouvelles Publications

 

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Resilience, Adaptation but Extinction: Minorities in Turkey in the Framework of Fundamental Human Rights

Resilience, Adaptation but Extinction: Minorities in Turkey in the Framework of Fundamental Human Rights

 

Termin: Freitag, 14.12.2018 | 20:00 Uhr
Eintritt: 6,00 /6,00 €

EinsteinHaus, Club Orange
Nr. 18H0101218

Because of the Ottoman past where the society was divided up according to the religious belonging, minorities in Turkey are »religious«. In other words, only non-Muslims are perceived and treated as minorities and have, de jure and de facto some minority rights. These silts of the imperial past, manly Greek orthodox, Gregorian Armenians, Sephardi Jews, but also some other small groups, suffered during the Republican period from many abusive measures and discriminations against. This lecture will try to scrutinize how minority rights in Turkey have been implemented and / or unapplied during the last decades where a new literature of »Minority rights« has been built within the European system, especially in the Framework of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, Turkey being member of both organizations. The lecture will also explore the situation of other minorities that are not recognized as such as Kurds or Alevis in the framework of the evolutions in general human rights, including AKP’s inconsistent approach to the identity issues.

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Markus Stadtrecher | Tel. 0731 1530-24 | E-Mail stadtrecher@vh-ulm.de

 
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Publié par le décembre 13, 2018 dans Manifestations scientifiques

 

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Conference on Syrian Refugees: Between Formalities and Realities

Conference on Syrian Refugees: Between Formalities and Realities

 

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Publié par le avril 27, 2017 dans Manifestations scientifiques, News

 

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Imagining and regulating ethnic and religious diversity in Turkey

Imagining and regulating ethnic and religious diversity in Turkey 
Macro-configurations and micro-dynamics

Göttingen, 8-9 July 2016


Co-organizers

Sinem Adar, Markus Dressler, Matthias Koenig, Zeynep Özgen

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Publié par le juillet 2, 2016 dans Manifestations scientifiques

 

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Islamic Radicalization and the Rising Threat of Isis in Europe: Understanding Turkey’s Role

Islamic Radicalization and the Rising Threat of Isis in Europe:

Understanding Turkey’s Role

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Publié par le mars 17, 2016 dans Manifestations scientifiques, News

 

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Turkey’s Choice: From de facto presidential regime to de jure authoritarian regime

Turkey’s Choice: From de facto presidential regime to de jure authoritarian regime

Samim Akgönül

Bridging Europe

 (November 4, 2015) 

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After November polls, Turkey undeniably enters into a new era. This will have an effect on Turkey’s future, its surrounding neighborhood and Europe as well. Besides accusations on electoral frauds and a flagrant unfairness on the campaign side, Turkey’s choice is very different from that of June 7th. During these months, the country counted more than 1000 deaths. ​​

Important feature on this second round is that there were 356,282 more voters (i.e. 56,608,817 in June compared to 56,965,099 in November) and that voter turnout was slightly higher (83,92% in June compared to 84,58% in November). AKP increased its support by 8,54% whereas MHP lost 4,36%.
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AKP’s triple strategy

AKP’s political strategy in November polls has paid off. Since June 8, just after the first round, the ruling party defined its new goals that led to such a resounding win:

  1. To keep the power at any cost. Sharing it and/or accepting another party’s influence on the state apparatus (e.g. justice, media) was seen by AKP leadership as an enormous risk due to the tremendous corruption cases looming ahead, coupled with severe accusations on war crimes in Syria and support of ISIL. Thanks to the nationalists of MHP, this strategy was successful as a possible coalition between AKP and MHP could not be reached. Therefore, AKP kept the power even if it had not outright majority;
  2. To develop an ultra-nationalist and ultra-Islamist discourse towards binding nationalist voters. The warlike rhetoric largely contributed to that. Many MHP voters turned to AKP this time, thus pushing MHP out of central Anatolia, its traditional fiefdom;
  3. To nourish a belligerent rhetoric and criminalize HDP as the political branch of PKK. AKP succeeded on that because PKK played very well its role responding to the state violence with violence, creating uncertainty in the West and urging conservative Kurds to come back to AKP.

Surprisingly, AKP achieved to get endorsed by supporters of smaller parties, a fact that unveiled the degree of polarization in the political landscape. Although AKP’s landslide was unexpected for the party itself and its political opponents, this broad support might finally be poisonous for AKP due to the following reasons:

 
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Publié par le novembre 5, 2015 dans Media, News

 

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Turkey’s Elections: Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Publié par le juin 13, 2015 dans Media, News, Nouvelles Publications

 

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