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).
Will Merkel s Depart from the CDU Spark a Debate

Will Merkel’s Depart from the CDU Spark a Debate on the German Political System?

November 7, 2018
What would be the result in German politics if the head of the executive was elected with a popular vote? Perhaps this question might be on Germany’s future political agenda.
Deliberate Misunderstandings Regarding the Republican Character of Turkey

Deliberate Misunderstandings Regarding the Republican Character of Turkey

October 31, 2018
It should be kept in mind that in Turkey today while on the one hand there is no actual problem with the country’s republican character, on the other hand, certain secularist circles aggressively disregard its additional and necessary democracy component.
What's Really Behind Turkey s Student Oath Debate

What's Really Behind Turkey’s Student Oath Debate?

October 24, 2018
It seems that in cases when a decision made by the Erdogan administration is ruled out by a judicial body, those western media outlets stay silent. No critical voice has questioned why the judiciary acts against the government, or why the Turkish judiciary still acts in an entrenched (Kemalist) ideological way.
Dual-Citizenship of Turks A Populist Instrument in German Politics

Dual-Citizenship of Turks: A Populist Instrument in German Politics?

October 17, 2018
Politicians in Germany with certain future career goals regularly and insistently address similar populist and Turkey related topics. This is a fundamental problem for major conservative parties and circles.
Elections in Bavaria and the Future of Conservatives in German

Elections in Bavaria and the Future of Conservatives in German Politics

October 10, 2018
The elections to be held on Sunday will show how the future of conservatives in Germany will be shaped, how the fragile federal government led by Merkel will react to a major success of the AfD, and how the people will elaborate a likely shift to a more far-rightist and populist type of politics in general.
Towards a Limited but Robust Rapprochement Between Turkey and Germany

Towards a Limited but Robust Rapprochement Between Turkey and Germany

October 3, 2018
While on the one hand it can be stated that a new era is launched with Germany, on the other, the negative ambitions of several circles in Germany in regards to Turkey will continue.
Public Pressure in Germany and the Future of Hans-Georg Maassen

Public Pressure in Germany and the Future of Hans-Georg Maassen

September 26, 2018
Is it normal for a person, who is not even a politician – neither a rightist or leftist – but a high-profile bureaucrat, or even “the country’s spymaster,” to address certain sensitive topics by contradicting the country’s ruling Chancellor and the person whose authority he is working under.
How Do We Remember Adnan Menderes in Contemporary Turkish Politics

How Do We Remember Adnan Menderes in Contemporary Turkish Politics?

September 19, 2018
Most people still are in the opinion that Turkey owes much to Adnan Menderes due to his struggle for democracy, because otherwise it’s still believed that a quasi-single-party-regime would have continued.
Lack of Communication Between Germany's Domestic Federal Authorities

Lack of Communication Between Germany's Domestic Federal Authorities?

September 12, 2018
It is this very ambivalent situation, in which the head of the federal government has serious difficulties in controlling her governing ministers and related domestic offices, that supports the narratives of the far-right – including the AfD.
Thilo Sarrazin's Hostile Takeover Does Islam Obstruct Progress and Threaten

Thilo Sarrazin's Hostile Takeover: Does Islam Obstruct Progress and Threaten Society?

September 5, 2018
Sarrazin concludes that the “religiously colored cultural unity of the majority of Muslims” and their rising birth rates in Europe, and in particular in Germany, threatens open society, democracy, and prosperity. As a consequence, Sarrazin argues, Muslim immigration has to be strictly regulated.