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.
Erdogan s Manifesto and Democracy

Erdogan’s Manifesto and Democracy

May 5, 2018
The shift to a presidential system may be the most critical step in institutionalizing democratic politics in Turkey. It promises to further the empowerment of the elected representatives of people vis-à-vis the bureaucracy, enlargement of the sphere of politics and increase the influence of elections. This is the core of the silent revolution that Erdogan has achieved in the last 15-plus years.    
Why Will Anti-Erdoganism Bring Defeat to the Opposition

Why Will Anti-Erdoganism Bring Defeat to the Opposition?

April 26, 2018
Anti-Erdoganism is far from responding to societal demands and this makes it a poor idea in creating the largest and most inclusive power bloc in Turkish politics. If the opposition does not change its adoption of polarization politics, it will most likely meet a decisive defeat in the upcoming election.
Why Does the Opposition in Turkey Fail to Win Elections

Why Does the Opposition in Turkey Fail to Win Elections?

April 20, 2018
The options before the opposition comes to be either to transform the secular-nationalist identity of its constituent in order to bring them together with other identity groups or find a new identity basis that transcends secular-conservative and Turkish-Kurdish nationalist fault lines in society. Failing in both leaves CHP with the option of making the country ungovernable.
Why Does the Opposition in Turkey Polarize Society

Why Does the Opposition in Turkey Polarize Society?

April 13, 2018
Usually accompanied by the use of virulent and exclusionary language towards the rest, polarization of society occurs by splitting it into two ideologically rival or hostile camps and carries the danger of dragging it on the verge of collapse and fragmentation.
Does the Politics of Native-National Signify the AK Party s

Does the Politics of Native-National Signify the AK Party’s Decline?

April 6, 2018
The AK Party’s political paradigm is shaped by an amalgam of liberal, conservative and nationalist values. The relative importance and impact of these discrete values fluctuates as to changes in political conjecture.
Understanding the New Turkey Towards Post-Kemalist Politics

Understanding the New Turkey: Towards Post-Kemalist Politics

March 30, 2018
Following the momentum of economic and political liberalization in Turkey, and as the realm of politics gained relative autonomy from the state, it became apparent that the secular-nationalist identity was insufficient to bring society into unity.
Does Turkey s AK Party reduce Democracy to Elections alone

Does Turkey’s AK Party reduce Democracy to Elections alone?

March 23, 2018
While the AK Party cannot be blamed for reducing democracy to elections alone, it is accepted that the governing party has yet been unable to bring society around a workable unity
Will the 1997 Memorandum Last a Thousand Years

Will the 1997 Memorandum Last a Thousand Years?

February 28, 2018
As pro-democratic political and public actors change power balances in their favor, coup attempts become unable to achieve desired results. Furthermore, as democratic forces accumulate their share of power in the political system, coups will ultimately stop being an effective tool in power struggles.
The Rise and Fall of FETO in Turkish Politics

The Rise and Fall of FETO in Turkish Politics

July 27, 2017
FETO, a religious criminal cult and led by the US based cleric Fetullah Gülen, is a bizarre political phenomenon. It is ostensibly a religious community located in civil society, yet in reality it is a shady and aggressive organization whose activities and political ambitions can easily be branded as terroristic. It has a definitely Janus-faced structure, which can only be grasped by understanding the context of secular authoritarianism in Turkey. Indeed, FETO has found fertile ground to blossom within a social order where democratic politics had been precluded.
Why Turkey Does Not Have a Real Opposition Party

Why Turkey Does Not Have a Real Opposition Party

January 24, 2017
The post-2002 period figures as the acceleration of Turkey’s evolution into a total state. This fundamental transformation in state-society relations has urged political parties to reconsider their political positions and discourses. The most radical change has taken place with the CHP.