Category Turkey

Protest as Art, Art as Protest: Views from #occupygezi

The protests across Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are now in their tenth day, and excessive police force has claimed at least three lives and injured thousands of protestors. At the same time, they have served as inspiration for witty and creative protest art, both online and on the ground. Lenka Peťková, a […]

5 Things to Know about the Protests in Turkey

An updated version of this article has been published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Read the post here. Many good English-language analyses of the mass protests taking place across Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been published since the unrest spread in earnest last Friday, May 31. Drawing on these analyses, […]

Turkish Alevis are not Syrian Alawites (and why that matters)

The civil war in Syria has brought ever growing international media attention to Turkey, which shares a 822-km border with Syria and has been playing a key role in the conflict by sheltering some 50,000 Syrians in refugee camps as well as hosting (and apparently now also training) the Free Syrian Army. As someone who […]