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).
Wilfully Ignorant Western Objections to Turkey Are Not Based On

Wilfully Ignorant? Western Objections to Turkey Are Not Based On Facts But Prejudice

October 18, 2019
Western countries, think-tanks, and media representatives do not hesitate to challenge Turkey in favor of the YPG. This however appears to be rooted in a reading of Turkish politics and foreign affairs that disregards facts and opinions inside Turkey, and conditions on the ground in Northern Syria.
The YPG Has a Bloody History in Syria But the

The YPG Has a Bloody History in Syria, But the West Turns a Blind Eye

October 10, 2019
How can a terrorist organization such as the PKK, which is regarded as a prohibited terrorist organization both in Europe and the U.S. enjoy comfortable support by Western powers?
Jacques Chirac What Legacy Does He Leave Behind

Jacques Chirac: What Legacy Does He Leave Behind?

October 3, 2019
Chirac has had a fundamental impact on the trajectory of the French system of government and its consolidation over the years. He consolidated the country’s current president-party relationship.
Calls to Reform the UN Security Council Are Getting Louder

Calls to Reform the UN Security Council Are Getting Louder

September 27, 2019
Closely allied countries such as Germany and Turkey should continue to stress their requests and perspectives on the UN reform, despite basic differences and expectations in how it should be done.
Germany s Far-Right grows not through Bold Leaps but in

Germany’s Far-Right grows not through Bold Leaps, but in Small Steps

September 20, 2019
All democratic political parties that openly reject the AfD’s position must recognize the importance of giving symbolic responses to reject their ideology.
Will Turkey s Kemalist Left Break its Silence against the

Will Turkey’s Kemalist Left Break its Silence against the PKK?

September 12, 2019
Reasonable left-wing supporters should start questioning the current trajectory of Turkey’s traditional nationalist leftist bloc and its political stance which is heading towards self-dissolution in the long run.
Germany Elections The Right-Wing strengthens but Centrists hold on to

Germany Elections: The Right-Wing strengthens, but Centrists hold on to Power

September 5, 2019
A nightmare has not come true – for now. The political elites from Germany's centrist parties and those from the federal but fragile “grand coalition” government have been saved. But this must not mislead anyone.
Intra-party Conflict among Germany s Christian Democrats Foreboding Signs for

Intra-party Conflict among Germany’s Christian Democrats: Foreboding Signs for the Elections in Saxony?

August 30, 2019
In the aftermath of the upcoming state elections on Sunday, German Christian Democrat politicians will most likely clarify the party’s future positions by solving its intra-party conflicts.
Desperate for Leadership Who will take on the Role of

Desperate for Leadership: Who will take on the Role of SPD Chairperson?

August 26, 2019
Germany does not have a political tradition where political figures are in the foreground brings some difficulties when finding a new leader for a party. Political parties are the main focus in German politics while individual political personalities are less decisive in the overall party structure.
Three State Elections That Could Shake Up German Politics

Three State Elections That Could Shake Up German Politics

August 16, 2019
In the upcoming months, elections of three federal state parliaments will be held in Germany. The elections in Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia will not only have implications at the federal state level but also on a national level.