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.
Are Electoral Alliances a Determinant of the March 31 Elections

Are Electoral Alliances a Determinant of the March 31 Elections?

April 23, 2019
Turkey's local election results show that the electoral volatility among alliances was very low. Two alliance blocs kept their votes and consolidated their voters.
Populism on the Rise in Turkey

Populism on the Rise in Turkey

April 17, 2019
If the revival of the CHP in local governance brings back old habits, it will not be a surprise for Turkish people to face dominant nationalist-secularist reflexes in public life.
What's Happening in Istanbul

What's Happening in Istanbul?

April 9, 2019
It is obvious that the current discussions on the results in Istanbul will continue to remain high on the political agenda in the upcoming days. All parties will determine their strategies according to the YSK’s final decision, which may indicate the re-count of all votes, a repetition of the elections, or the victory of one of the candidates.
The Aftermath of Turkey s Local Elections Who Lost Who

The Aftermath of Turkey’s Local Elections: Who Lost, Who Won?

April 4, 2019
Since there is a minor difference between the votes of AK Party and CHP candidates in Istanbul, the AK Party has applied to the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) for the re-count of votes in some ballot boxes. Although the opposition parties see this as an intervention by the AK Party, political parties in Turkey can make this recount application to the YSK as a legal right.
Post-Election Turkey Possible Scenarios

Post-Election Turkey: Possible Scenarios

March 30, 2019
Since there is less than 24 hours left to Turkey's local elections, it is crucial to discuss possible future scenarios that may occur after the results are displayed. Which dynamics will be effective in the post-election period in Turkey and will these dynamics be determinant on national and international political issues?
Why are Local Elections Perceived as a Matter of National

Why are Local Elections Perceived as a Matter of National Survival in Turkey?

March 18, 2019
Overall, the AK Party and the MHP see the upcoming elections as a matter of national survival because of the incidents that happened in the last year. The results of the elections will show whether this approach has been welcomed by the electorate.
Why Do Election Polls Fail

Why Do Election Polls Fail?

March 6, 2019
Especially after the June 24 elections, owners of some survey companies admitted that they made fraudulent in the results of their research to prevent hash criticisms from political parties and their voters. Thus, it is a common practice for these companies to not present the actual results.
Is there a Split Within the AK Party

Is there a Split Within the AK Party?

February 25, 2019
Some political circles imply that former AK Party ministers are about to establish a new political party as an alternative against the government. Even if there have been no official statements made about these allegations, Turkey is nowadays discussing the possibility of the establishment of a new splinter party.
Turkey Seeks for an Effective Public Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Turkey Seeks for an Effective Public Dispute Resolution Mechanism

February 19, 2019
The Ombudsman Institution can be a chance to provide more transparency, collaboration, and problem-solving in Turkey’s state structure under the presidential system.
Is it Possible for Turkey to Mediate the Venezuelan Crisis

Is it Possible for Turkey to Mediate the Venezuelan Crisis?

February 11, 2019
All scenarios in the Venezuelan case propose victory or defeat of one side of the conflict. Under current conditions, the U.S. has advantage due to its economic threats. Rather than escalating the conflict via economic and military sanctions, there is a need of implementing alternative conflict resolution mechanisms.