Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, where he received his PhD in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Ibn Haldun University and a researcher at SETA Istanbul. Aslan is also a columnist for The New Turkey.
An Alternative View of the 28 February Coup

An Alternative View of the 28 February Coup

March 1, 2019
What was the February 28 coup? It was a special moment in Turkish politics. It was a moment of the political. The political moment showed that the Kemalist regime is neither eternal nor natural.
Is the Turkish Opposition Really an Alternative

Is the Turkish Opposition Really an Alternative?

February 12, 2019
Despite the rising public displeasure with the existing ruling power, the opposition seems to fail to offer itself as an alternative in the elections.     
Why is Turkey Backing President Maduro

Why is Turkey Backing President Maduro?

January 26, 2019
Turkey and Venezuela share this political model: democracy at home, autonomy abroad. They support each other since they share similar interests and values. Hence, there is no need to be surprised about Turkey’s support for President Maduro or denigrate it as third-worldism.
The Populist Turn in Turkish Politics Why are People Leaving

The Populist Turn in Turkish Politics: Why are People Leaving?

January 18, 2019
In light of this picture, the claim or the fact that some educated and wealthy people have left the country can be evaluated as the acceptance of the loss of political struggle by the elitist against populist politics. It is a sign of defeatism, if not a sign of caprice.
Does Turkey have a brain and wealth drain problem

Does Turkey have a brain and wealth drain problem?

January 11, 2019
If the lack of liberty, disrespect for merit, and an economic slowdown are not the reasons behind the educated and wealthy peoples’ decision to leave the country, then what is?
Is Europe Back to Great Power Politics

Is Europe Back to Great Power Politics?

November 17, 2018
Does the fray over European security between the U.S. and the EU demonstrate a return of Europe to great power politics? 
Has Turkey s Syria Policy Changed

Has Turkey’s Syria Policy Changed?

November 6, 2018
Turkey's policy of keeping and enlarging its military presence in Syria has two aims: Sustaining Turkey’s national security against YPG and Daesh terror and achieving democratic change in Syria.
The Crisis in the AK Party-MHP Alliance

The Crisis in the AK Party-MHP Alliance

October 27, 2018
It is too early to talk about the future of the People’s Alliance. However, it is fair to state that unless the conditions that had formed the Alliance change, it will maintain its existence with periodical fluctuations.
Have Relations Between Turkey and the US Normalized

Have Relations Between Turkey and the US Normalized?

October 18, 2018
President Erdogan signaled a new wave of military operations in the south of the country and stated that Turkey was adamant to cleanse the east of the Euphrates River from all terrorist (PKK) elements. This, no doubt, will be a new test on how “healthy” the relations between Turkey and the U.S. are.
Is the Release of Pastor Brunson a Victory for the

Is the Release of Pastor Brunson a Victory for the Trump Administration?

October 13, 2018
The most striking feature of the Brunson case is that the U.S. has resisted to understand Turkey’s new foreign policy, and this led to a crisis between the two countries.