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).
Social Democracy is a Distant Island Should CHP Dissolve Itself

Social Democracy is a Distant Island: Should CHP Dissolve Itself?

August 1, 2018
As one pro-CHP surveyor once stated; “even if Ismet Inonu or Bulent Ecevit were to lead the party today, its votes would not exceed 35 percent.”
Can the Mesut Ozil Affair Trigger a New Sensitivity Regarding

Can the Mesut Ozil Affair Trigger a New Sensitivity Regarding Racism?

July 25, 2018
Perhaps Ozil’s recent stance may achieve or possibly trigger more than what previous victims of known racist treatments have not had the chance to.
Has Turkey Closed the Door for Military Coups Forever

Has Turkey Closed the Door for Military Coups Forever?

July 18, 2018
It should be stressed that the presidential leadership was a crucial factor in the failure of the attempt. By calling the citizens to go on streets and protect democratic rights, Turkish President Erdogan differentiated himself from previous Turkish political leaders and thus mobilized the country against an anti-democratic attempt.
Is Germany Heading into a Trap of Nationalism

Is Germany Heading into a Trap of Nationalism?

July 11, 2018
The CSU increasingly preferred nationalist like discourses by resembling Austria’s Chancellor Kurz or even Hungary’s Prime Minister Orban in order to compete with the AfD’s extreme standpoints.
The Turkish Diaspora s Voting Preference in the 24 June

The Turkish Diaspora’s Voting Preference in the 24 June Elections

July 4, 2018
Turkey's June 24 election results are considered as a chance by the Turkish diaspora to initiate new and stable bilateral relations for the upcoming future.
What do the 24 June Election Results Tell Us

What do the 24 June Election Results Tell Us?

June 27, 2018
It would not be wrong to state that the main objective of the opposition parties, which was to block Erdogan from winning in the first round and to cause a “divided government” between the legislative and executive branches ultimately ended in a fiasco.
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.