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.
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.
What Turkey-German Relations Needs is More Realpolitik and Less Ideology

What Turkey-German Relations Needs is More Realpolitik and Less Ideology

October 6, 2018
Turkey can rightly expect for the EU, and in particular for Germany, to leave its ideological foreign policy and to act in accordance with new international realities that are defined by multipolarity and rationality.
Turkey Seeks a New Status in International Politics

Turkey Seeks a New Status in International Politics

September 28, 2018
The question of whether Turkey will live up to its claim of being a great power in coming years is as interesting as the question of how the Western world and other great powers will accommodate “new” Turkey.
Is Nationalism on the Rise in Turkey

Is Nationalism on the Rise in Turkey?

July 6, 2018
Parties that adopted traditional nationalist discourse lost the elections. One of the biggest losers of the elections was the CHP and one of the main promises of this party was to repel Syrian refugees in the event of winning the elections. This shows that Turkish society does not reward exclusionary nationalism.