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).
Germany s Social Democrat Leadership Has Changed But Future Remains

Germany’s Social Democrat Leadership Has Changed But Future Remains Shaky

December 12, 2019
The SPD decided to continue to support Merkel’s current grand coalition but it is likely that the new leaders will renegotiate the terms of their support.
Has the End of Merkel's Coalition Come in Germany

Has the End of Merkel's Coalition Come in Germany?

December 5, 2019
Over the past years the reputation and popularity of the SPD has gradually decreased, but whether this will fundamentally change by switching to the opposition is ultimately a risky gamble.
French-German Tension May Create Deep Divisions in Europe

French-German Tension May Create Deep Divisions in Europe

November 30, 2019
France and Germany are at odds over several issues and the NATO Leaders meeting next week has the potential to heavily influence the future course of Franco-German relations.
All Eyes Are on Kramp-Karrenbauer But Merz Waits in the

All Eyes Are on Kramp-Karrenbauer But Merz Waits in the Shadows

November 21, 2019
Merz prefers to officially support Kramp-Karrenbauer while simultaneously continuing to appear as an alternative in any future leadership crisis, something which might occur in the next months.
Does Germany s Political System Need Fundamental Reform

Does Germany’s Political System Need Fundamental Reform?

November 14, 2019
Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has called for reform of Germany's political system to address "fundamental issues of trust and acceptance".
SPD s Uninspiring Elections Will Lead to No Change

SPD’s Uninspiring Elections Will Lead to No Change

November 7, 2019
In the next weeks, SPD members will ultimately have a new chairperson on whom party members will set their hopes. However, in reality choosing new leadership will not guarantee that the existing obstacles within the party, and dismal predictions at the ballot will find any resolutions.
Germany s Safe Zone Proposal A Failed Move for Domestic

Germany’s Safe Zone Proposal: A Failed Move for Domestic Ambitions

October 31, 2019
At the end of the day, the move by the CDU leader will most likely not contribute positively towards her ambitions of becoming Germany’s next chancellor in 2021.
The YPG Myth Downplays a Danger For the West

The YPG Myth Downplays a Danger For the West

October 24, 2019
A false narrative is established in which YPG members, sympathizers and even its leading figures are only discussed within a positive and uncritical narrative.
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?