M. Erkut Ayvaz

M. Erkut Ayvaz

M. Erkut Ayvaz graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) with a double-major in Political Science and Public Law in 2011. He spent the academic year 2012-2013 at Duke University (NC, USA) with a DAAD-scholarship. In 2014 he received his MA after completing his master’s thesis which addressed the civil-military relations in Turkey. Currently, Ayvaz is working on his doctoral dissertation at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (Germany).
Is Germany Intervening in the Internal Affairs of Venezuela

Is Germany Intervening in the Internal Affairs of Venezuela?

February 15, 2019
The report published by Wissenschaftlicher Dienst des Bundestages stresses the fact that the German parliament's decision to recognize Guaidó as the interim president could cause a situation that could be seen as an interference in Venezuela's internal affairs. 
European Double Standards on Venezuela

European Double Standards on Venezuela

February 5, 2019
While recently Germany’s economy minister Altmaier visited Egypt this week and met with the putschist president Sisi without problematizing his illegitimate presidency, the German government insisted on new elections in Venezuela. Why don’t democrats doubt the sincerity of German foreign policy under these conditions? The same counts for other leading Western and European powers, which act contrary to “democratic values.”
German Democrats Have to Stand United Against Far-Right Amid Turbulent

German Democrats Have to Stand United Against Far-Right Amid Turbulent Times

January 30, 2019
Comparing the AfD to the Nazi times, Charlotte Knobloch stated that the AfD “bases it politics on hate and exclusion and doesn’t abide by our democratic constitution.” 
Meanderings on the Road to Presidency Ince's Calculations and Miscalculations

Meanderings on the Road to Presidency: Ince's Calculations and Miscalculations

January 23, 2019
The CHP should try to clarify what the party’s main purpose is in the short and long-term and whether there is any enthusiasm regarding the local elections.
Turkey's Fight Against Terrorism PKK not Kurds

Turkey's Fight Against Terrorism: PKK, not Kurds

January 15, 2019
There is a deliberate confusion by using the term “Kurds” in relation to both societal or even political groups and even to terrorist groups such as the PKK/YPG. Who and which authorities have any right to claim the monopoly of the term “Kurds?” There are more than 15 million ethnic Kurds living in the Turkish Republic while possessing, of course naturally, Turkish Citizenship – and who have actually and in general no problem with the Turkish State at all.
Can Germany s Non-Permanent Seat at the UN Security Council

Can Germany’s Non-Permanent Seat at the UN Security Council Bring Reform?

January 9, 2019
Germany already had established together with Brazil, Japan and India the so-called G4 group in order to support the mutual claim of a UNSC-membership if a so-called reform will be launched one day.
The SETA Foundation s 2018 Annual Report has been Published

The SETA Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report has been Published

January 2, 2019
The SETA Foundation's Annual Report consists of eight comprehensive parts that address, for instance, domestic policy, foreign policy, defense-security issues, economy, energy policies, law and judiciary, education and social policies and media issues in Turkey.
How the Presidential Systems in the US and Turkey React

How the Presidential Systems in the US and Turkey React Differently to Budget Issues

December 26, 2018
The longest government shutdown occurred under President Bill Clinton and this had costed the government billions of dollars. A government shutdown disrupts government services and increases its costs due to lost labor.
Lack of Sensitivity against Discrimination in Germany The Gedeon Affair

Lack of Sensitivity against Discrimination in Germany: The Gedeon Affair

December 19, 2018
Subsequent to some warning words by the President, Gedeon attacked the President by stating “she could lead a parliament that way in Anatolia, but not in Germany” (“So können Sie ein Parlament in Anatolien führen, aber nicht in Deutschland”).
Seven Challenges for New CDU Leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Seven Challenges for New CDU Leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

December 12, 2018
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer needs to clarify her relations with Angela Merkel. Even though she underscores her own career path by pointing out her individual positions, the general societal perception positions her in Merkel’s shadow. This critical issue has to be clarified as it could otherwise lead to a de-facto “dual-leadership” crisis.