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).
New Alliances and Potential Power Struggles Within Germany s CDU

New Alliances and Potential Power Struggles Within Germany’s CDU

April 25, 2019
There are interesting issues being discussed in the media and political circles as to whether AKK will push Merkel in order to become Chancellor at an early date, or whether AKK will continue to work closely with Merkel until 2021, respect her as the country’s Chancellor together with all her preferences – to which Merz definitely does not belong.
Turkey's CHP is Reminiscent of the Far-Right in Europe

Turkey's CHP is Reminiscent of the Far-Right in Europe

April 19, 2019
Despite several confusing trends, it is a weird fact that Turkey’s main center-left political party, namely the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), regularly address Syrian refugees in a discriminatory tone – similar to that of European far-right circles.
Germany's Twofold Ambition Spend Less Be More Powerful

Germany's Twofold Ambition: Spend Less, Be More Powerful

April 11, 2019
Cooperating and acting closely with France and attempting to utilize the UN Security Council presidency that will last for a month alone are factors that underpin Germany’s global importance and ambitions of being a more active global actor.
How to Understand the Dynamics Behind Turkey's Election Results

How to Understand the Dynamics Behind Turkey's Election Results

April 5, 2019
In the upcoming days and perhaps weeks there are going to be discussions on why certain goals were achieved in some provinces and why expected success was not delivered in others. This goes for both the People’s Alliance and Nation Alliance.
Turkey s Secularists and Separatists Hand in Hand to the

Turkey’s Secularists and Separatists Hand in Hand to the Ballots

March 29, 2019
What did the CHP and Iyi Party promise the HDP in order to receive support? No representative from either party is ready or has any courage to answer this very question. But this does not exclude the actual feelings of CHP, Iyi Party and even Felicity Party voters. How will they react against such weird efforts to collaborate with a de facto separatist party?
Why are You Afraid of Calling Christchurch a Terrorist Attack

Why are You Afraid of Calling Christchurch a Terrorist Attack?

March 21, 2019
The Western world should be aware of an increasing danger caused by a new wave of racism and anti-Islamic movements that glorify and that are inspired from various historical incidents, including the Crusaders and Nazis.
A Muslim Chancellor in Germany

A Muslim Chancellor in Germany?

March 14, 2019
In response to Ralph Brinkhaus' statements on the possibility of having a German Muslim Chancellor, Germany's Bild stated: “A Muslim as CDU Chancellor? Then delete the C in your name.”
Neither Sincere Nor Concrete Is Turkey's Opposition Getting Ready for

Neither Sincere Nor Concrete: Is Turkey's Opposition Getting Ready for Another Defeat?

March 8, 2019
While the People’s Alliance refers itself to a set of compatible ambitions and narratives, the Nation Alliance is based on incompatible narratives and only has one common objective – to get rid of President Erdogan.
Ambivalent Policies and the Loss of Western Values

Ambivalent Policies and the Loss of Western Values

March 2, 2019
Norbert Röttgen, Germany’s Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, described the Venezuelan President Maduro as a dictator while German foreign minister Heiko Maas preferred the term “Maduro regime” – all these taking place when Merkel came together with Egypt’s authoritarian leader.
Germany s New Strategy Against the PKK or Just Temporary

Germany’s New Strategy Against the PKK or Just Temporary Steps?

February 21, 2019
Germany needs to start an actual struggle against all potential PKK components flourished in Germany once and for all.