Michael Provence on the last Ottoman generation and the making of the Middle East

July 10, 2018

Michael Provence of UC San Diego on "The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East" (Cambridge University Press). The book examines both continuities and ruptures in the years during and after the First World War, when the fall of the Ottoman Empire led to seismic shocks across the Middle East.

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Jonathan Varjabedian on family letters from Anatolia to America, 1912 to 1919

June 26, 2018

Jonathan Varjabedian on “My Dear Son Garabed: Kojaian Family Letters from Efkere/Kayseri to America (1912-1919)” (Histor Press), a remarkable collection of letters sent from the Anatolian village of Efkere between 1912 and 1919. They were sent to Garabed Kojaian and his father Harutian, among the many Ottoman Armenians migrating to America in the early 20th century.

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Cengiz Erişen on emotions and election campaigns in Turkey

June 12, 2018

Cengiz Erişen of Istanbul's Yeditepe University on "Political Behavior and the Emotional Citizen: Participation and Reaction in Turkey" (Palgrave Macmillan), focusing on the months between the June 2015 and November 2015 elections as well as the current campaign for the snap presidential and parliamentary elections. 

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Erin Banco on the plundering of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil wealth

May 29, 2018

Erin Banco on "Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Wealth" (Columbia Global Reports), uncovering squalid deals, unscrupulous foreign oil companies, and rampant corruption in the Kurdistan Regional Government since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It also touches on Turkey's role in fostering Erbil's independence from Baghdad through oil deals.

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John McManus on football culture and society in Turkey

May 15, 2018

John McManus, fellow at the British Institute at Ankara, on "Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football" (W&N), a colourful exploration of what the beautiful game can tell us about a football-mad society and Turkey’s modern history.

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Volkan Yılmaz on the politics of healthcare and welfare in Turkey

May 1, 2018

Volkan Yılmaz, assistant professor of social policy at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, on “The Politics of Healthcare Reform in Turkey” (Palgrave Macmillan).

The book examines reforms in the country’s healthcare system under the AKP since 2003: What changed? What improved? What got worse? Who gained? Who lost?

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Aslı Aydıntaşbaş on Turkey and Europe beyond hypocrisy

April 17, 2018

Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, journalist and fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, on the ECFR's recent report: "The Discreet Charm of Hypocrisy: An EU-Turkey Power Audit."

Based on interviews with top officials on all sides, the report examines bitter relations between Brussels and Ankara. It recommends finding a new model beyond the hypocritical and stalled accession process.

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Diana Darke on Abu Chaker and the modern history of Syria

April 3, 2018

Diana Darke on “The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival” (Hurst). The book traces the life of Abu Chaker, a textile merchant from Homs who lived from 1921 to 2013, in parallel with the story of the modern history of Syria - examining the social, cultural and political context that shaped him. It also touches on the emergence of the ongoing war, which Darke herself witnessed as she was living in a historical courtyard house in Damascus’ old town until a few years ago.

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Max Hoffman on Turkey’s latest nationalist wave

March 20, 2018

Max Hoffman of the Center for American Progress on the major recent study “Is Turkey Experiencing a New Nationalism?” based on focus groups and polling with the Metropoll research company.

The report finds that Turkey remains a deeply nationalist, conservative country, where the national mood is prickly, defensive and conspiratorial. But it also contains some perhaps surprising details about attitudes to President Erdoğan, levels of religiosity in young people, and the political opinions of Turkish women.

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Ceren Baysan on voters, parties and polarization in Turkey

March 6, 2018

Ceren Baysan of UC Berkeley on her paper "Can More Information Lead to More Voter Polarization? Experimental Evidence from Turkey." The study was based on voter surveys in the months before the April 2017 referendum on granting President Erdoğan more powers and also measured Turkish parties' own polling operations.

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Mehmet Kentel on the world of Ottoman caricaturist Yusuf Franko

February 19, 2018

Mehmet Kentel on the life and work of Yusuf Franko, an obscure Ottoman bureaucrat who lived a remarkable double life as a caricaturist depicting Istanbul's cosmopolitan late 19th century high society. Kentel is a PhD Candidate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington, and was adviser to the exhibition “The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricatures” at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. 

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Karabekir Akkoyunlu on the ‘exit from democracy’ in Turkey and beyond

February 6, 2018

Karabekir Akkoyunlu, research associate at the University of Graz, on "Exit from Democracy: Illiberal Governance in Turkey and Beyond" (Routledge), a collection of 10 essays he co-edited with Professor Kerem Öktem.

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Edhem Eldem on Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II between fantasy and reality

January 18, 2018

Boğaziçi University Professor Edhem Eldem on "A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II" (Palgrave Macmillan), which he co-edited with Houssine Alloul and Henk de Smaele. The book explores a deadly assassination attempt targeting the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul in 1905, and appears at a time when Abdülhamid II is the subject of a growing popular obsession among religious conservatives in Turkey.

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Cathy Otten on Yezidi women and Iraq after the Islamic State

January 5, 2018

Arbil-based journalist Cathy Otten discusses "With Ash on their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State" (OR Books), a deeply reported account of the suffering of the Yezidi religious minority over the border in Iraq.

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Ezgi Başaran on ‘frontline Turkey,’ Gülenists and the Kurdish peace process

December 22, 2017

Journalist Ezgi Başaran on "Frontline Turkey: The Conflict at the Heart of the Middle East" (IB Tauris), a 200-page account of the collapse of the Kurdish peace process, the rise and fall of the Gülen movement, and deepening authoritarianism.

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Raja Shehadeh on ‘travels with his Ottoman uncle,’ Palestine and the First World War

December 8, 2017

Palestinian author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh on "A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle" (OR/Basic Books), retracing the journey of his great uncle Najib Nassar, on the run for three years in Greater Syria from 1915.

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Lora Sarı on the Istanbul-based Armenian publisher Aras

November 24, 2017

Editor Lora Sarı on Aras, a publishing house set up in 1993 in Istanbul as a "window onto Armenian literature." We also discuss Migirdic Margosyan's classic "Infidel Quarter," published this year as Aras' first English-language title.

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Özlem Madi-Şişman on Muslims, money and democracy in Turkey

November 10, 2017

Özlem Madi-Şişman on her book "Muslims, Money and Democracy in Turkey: Reluctant Capitalists" (Palgrave Macmillan).

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Fikret Adaman on Erdoğan, the environment and economic policy in Turkey

October 27, 2017

Fikret Adaman of Istanbul's Boğaziçi University on "Neoliberal Turkey and its Discontents: Economic Policy and the Environment under Erdoğan" (IB Tauris).

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Alexander Clarkson on Turks and Kurds in Germany

October 13, 2017

Alexander Clarkson of Kings College London discusses his research on the Turkish and Kurdish diaspora in Germany, the long shadow of Turkey's 1980 military coup, and the bitter state of ties between Turkey and Germany today.

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