"TESEV Kurdish Report

TESEV Kurdish Report in PDF (Turkish)

By M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |

The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation – www.tesev.org.tr

On December 23rd, 2008, Tuesday, TESEV organized a press conference and a panel on TESEV’s upcoming report entitled "A Roadmap for the Solution of the Kurdish Question: Policy Suggestions to the Government from the Region."

TESEV Announces Its Report About The Kurdish Problem

The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) publishes a report about the Kurdish suggestions to end the Kurdish problem. The report touches upon many dimensions of the problem."

Erdoğan announces AK Party candidates for İstanbul, Kocaeli
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
Erdoğan said the AK Party will re-nominate its current mayors in the cities of İstanbul and Kocaeli. Speaking in İstanbul yesterday, he said Kadir Topbaş,

Former commanders’ row highlights dangerous polarization of armed bureaucracy

In Columnists

A recent war of words between two former top commanders has highlighted Turkey’s problem with ideology hijacking rationality and paralyzing efficient governance.

Now Ergenekon Makes Even More Sense

[Originally published in Hürriyet Daily News] On May 17, 2006, a horrible incident took place in Ankara. A 29-year-old lawyer named Alparslan Arslan stormed into one of Turkey’s legal strongholds, the Council of State, took his gun out and shot five senior judges. One of them, Mustafa Özbilgin, died. The killer was caught by the police and everything suggested that he was an Islamist fanatic. He reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" (God is great) as he fired his weapon. When got caught, he said that he was "a soldier of Allah." He also said that he shot the judges because of their stance against the right to wear headscarves. He even left a copy of the Islamist daily Vakit in his car, a paper which had strongly bashed the Council of State.

Intelligence at a Keystroke: A Turkish Case


Ibrahim Erdogan, Journal of Turkish Weekly

Monday , 01 December 2008

Throughout history, intelligence has claimed an indispensable role in realising national security and survival. Due to the costs involved in establishing and maintaining working organizational structures and successful operations, intelligence has usually been assumed as a systematic enterprise consigned to the state level. To bring this point into perspective consider that in the last few decades two-third of the US national intelligence program spending ($25-30 billion) has been earmarked for intelligence hardware. More specifically, a sizeable share of intelligence budget has gone into technical systems which are essential for operations of, such as, collecting/processing of imagery and intercepting/deciphering communications[1].

After all, what is the PKK? by EMRE USLU & ÖNDER AYTAÇ*

In Op-Ed

The Ergenekon investigation opened a Pandora’s box so that we could start to see the unbelievable networking between organizations and peoples you would not otherwise imagine.

When Turkish secularism reaches out to religion

In Columnists

The Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) initiative to reach out to the religious-conservative voters in Turkey sparked a heated debate on religion and secularism.

Kurdish leaders test the waters in Ankara by EMRE USLU & ÖNDER AYTAÇ

In Op-Ed

As possible scenarios to address the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) problem in northern Iraq and in Turkey loom on the horizon, Ankara is becoming an interesting place to watch.

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