Hazal Duran

Hazal Duran

Hazal Duran conducted her B.A in the fields of Turkish Language and Literature and International Relations at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in 2012. She completed her M.A in Modern Turkish Studies at Istanbul Sehir University. While continuing her doctoral studies at Bilkent University, she is currently serving as a Researcher at the SETA Ankara Directorate of Political Studies.
Mothers Sit-In Protests in Diyarbakir A Catalyst for Resistance against

Mothers’ Sit-In Protests in Diyarbakir: A Catalyst for Resistance against the PKK?

September 10, 2019
The mass protest by the families, whose children were abducted and recruited by the PKK, may become a game changer in the fight against terrorism.
Şule Yüksel Şenler A Portrait of Turkey s First Muslim

Şule Yüksel Şenler: A Portrait of Turkey’s First Muslim Women’s Rights Activist

September 3, 2019
While prominent newspapers were calling the headscarf as “the pain in Turkey’s head”, Şenler was not only criticizing the headscarf ban in the public sphere, but also was trying to create more self-confident and conscious conservative/pious women in Turkey.
Trustee Appointments in Diyarbakır Van and Mardin A Look at

Trustee Appointments in Diyarbakır, Van, and Mardin: A Look at Party Responses

August 28, 2019
The reflections of Turkey's opposition parties on the appointment of trustees replacing the HDP mayors of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin may point to the future directions of these parties in their domestic political agendas.
18 Years of the AK Party Key Shifts and Future

18 Years of the AK Party: Key Shifts and Future Challenges

August 21, 2019
Despite all the possible challenges in the foreign policy for the rest of 2019, the main challenge for the AK Party will be the consolidation of the presidential system and providing stability in the Turkish economy in 2020.
Turkey s New Broadcasting Regulations on Digital Media Platforms

Turkey’s New Broadcasting Regulations on Digital Media Platforms

August 7, 2019
The skyrocketing increase in the number of people preferring Netflix, Blu TV or Puhu TV kind of platforms sparked a debate over the lack of monitoring and regulation mechanisms on such platforms. The recent by-law enabling the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) to regulate digital media platforms is based on a legal amendment made in March 2018.
The Issues at Stake in Social Integration of Syrian Refugees

The Issues at Stake in Social Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

August 1, 2019
Latest news show that some vulnerabilities regarding Syrian refugees in Turkey still persist and the country needs to adapt a new strategy to fight against the increasing xenophobia and attacks on refugees.
Turkey's Presidential System Is the CHP For or Against It

Turkey's Presidential System: Is the CHP For or Against It?

July 23, 2019
Since the CHP realized the advantages that the new system brings for the main opposition party, its direction of criticism towards the system shifted.
Remembering the July 15 Coup Attempt After Three Years

Remembering the July 15 Coup Attempt After Three Years

July 15, 2019
Turkey has faced three problems since the July 15 coup attempt. The first was the cleansing of state institutions in the fight against FETO, the second was related to the legal procedure in the post-coup period and the third was related to the fight against FETO in the international arena.
The Rise of Hate Speech against Syrian Refugees in Turkey

The Rise of Hate Speech against Syrian Refugees in Turkey

July 10, 2019
Some right-wing extremist politicians in Turkey blame refugees for the ongoing economic problems and for the level of unemployment. Since most of the acts on dehumanizing Syrian refugees take place on social media, there is a need of a well-planned strategy to fight against it.
Why did Voting Behavior Change in Istanbul

Why did Voting Behavior Change in Istanbul?

July 1, 2019
Why did a significant number of the Istanbul electorate change their voting preference in just 84 days? Is this change in voting behavior related to a long-lasting social and political transformation in Turkish society?