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).
Towards the Final Phase of Turkey s 24 June Elections

Towards the Final Phase of Turkey’s 24 June Elections

June 20, 2018
It’s striking that Ince makes use of populism by not explaining several promises in depth. For instance, Ince declares that he has no problem with women who wear headscarves while he does not explain his previous and well-known anti-positions just some years ago.
The Turkish Diaspora and the 24 June Elections

The Turkish Diaspora and the 24 June Elections

June 13, 2018
Loads of rented meeting and conference rooms are getting cancelled in order to prevent programs in favor of, for instance, Turkey’s new system of government. At the same time, unfortunately, HDP supporters, who are very close to and openly sympathize with the PKK, are welcomed on various platforms.
What Changed 25 Years After the Solingen Arson Attack

What Changed 25 Years After the Solingen Arson Attack

June 6, 2018
During the last week the entire country remembered this terrorist attack, while on the other hand members and sympathizers of the right-wing AfD party tried to relativize the Solingen attack by focusing on the speech of 75-year-old Mevlude Genc, who lost her two daughters, two granddaughters and a niece in the blaze. One of these AfD politicians attacked Mrs. Genc on social media by criticizing her due to the lack of her German language skills and her headscarf.
Turkey's Opposition Falling Into the Trap of Populism

Turkey's Opposition Falling Into the Trap of Populism

May 30, 2018
As a reaction, equilibrium or a kind of reparation with respect to the CHP’s left-nationalist voters, who are somewhat angered and irritated due to Muharrem Ince’s conservative-friendly and pro-Kurdish discourse, Ince makes use of populism. By this, he targets the Syrian refugees in Turkey while stating that he plans to send them back to Syria when he is elected president.
Do Football Players Have no Right to Freedom of Opinion

Do Football Players Have no Right to Freedom of Opinion?

May 23, 2018
While last week many media representatives focused on the alleged doubtfulness of Ozil’s and Gundogan’s Germanness, no one in Germany addresses the same issues when, e.g., ethnic German politicians, who have very close relations with foreign political leaders, meet these leaders. These Germans are perhaps criticized for their political positions but no one evaluates them regarding their Germanness.
Double Standards and Wishful Thinking as Policy Instruments

Double Standards and Wishful Thinking as Policy Instruments

May 16, 2018
The federal government has to be sincere and diminish its obvious and continuous double standards. If a country permanently tries to prevent certain Turkish politicians’ meetings in Germany by complaining about false aspects, then, one expects that the federal German government stops interfering in other’s domestic affairs, too.
The CHP s Confusion Regarding the Presidential Election

The CHP’s Confusion Regarding the Presidential Election

May 9, 2018
While all major Turkish political parties nominated their de jure or de facto party leader as their presidential candidate, the CHP preferred a strange move that does not aim to win the elections but rather to guarantee Kilicdaroglu’s political future.
Freedom of Religion as a Pre-condition

Freedom of Religion as a Pre-condition?

May 2, 2018
Statements made by politicians and similar moves in order to gain potential votes from far-right, anti-Islamic and populist circles just polarize the country while excluding Muslims in Germany.
First Elections for Turkey s New System of Governance

First Elections for Turkey’s New System of Governance

April 25, 2018
To get a clear notion of what’s happening in Turkey, the following main points can be taken into consideration: First, what do the snap elections mean for the Turkish political system and the people’s attitude in general? Second, what about the main parties regarding the elections? And lastly, what do we expect during the two months until the election day?
Germany s Uncertain Military Revival

Germany’s Uncertain Military Revival

April 18, 2018
It’s a bit strange that Germany has positioned itself within the circle of militarily powerful Western circles in the form of permanently commenting on global political and military related issues when it is not able to show any effective military capabilities.