Serhan Afacan

Serhan Afacan

Serhan Afacan holds a BA in history and international relations. He also has a PhD in Iranian history. His researches focus on social history of Iran in early twentieth century. Dr. Afacan is currently cordinator of the Domestic Politics Desk at the Center for Iranian Studies in Ankara.
Iran-Saudi Tension and the Double Entendre

Iran-Saudi Tension and the Double Entendre

December 23, 2016
Some top Iranians appear to be mesmerized by the hypnotic effects of terms such as takfiri, jihadi or Wahhabi, as they are often so irresponsibly utilized that it is difficult to discern what is exactly meant by each. In early September, Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, penned an op-ed for The New York Times where he denounced Wahhabis for their alleged ‘fanaticism from the Dark Ages sold as a bright vision for the 21st century’.
The Geopolitical Crisis in the Caucasus Ukraine and the Middle

The Geopolitical Crisis in the Caucasus, Ukraine, and the Middle East

September 21, 2016
The New Turkey interviewed Professor Şener Aktürk and talked about the present international developments with regard to the geopolitical crisis in the Caucasus, Ukraine, and the Middle East.
How Did Iranians Approach the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey

How Did Iranians Approach the Failed Coup Attempt in Turkey?

August 17, 2016
Fortunately, many Iranians inside the country see any coup attempt as categorically damnable, as they welcome the popular resistance in Turkey that heroically crushed the putschists on July 15.
The 2016 Elections in Iran

The 2016 Elections in Iran

May 10, 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a clear message to friends and foes alike that Turkey is strictly against sectarian policies and denounced any attempts at deepening the divide between Sunnis and Shiites.
On Nationalism Ethnicity and Ethnicity Regimes

On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Ethnicity Regimes

March 25, 2016
What is ethnicity? And what is a nation? How do states' ethnicity policies are constructed? Why and how do they change?