Ali Balcı, Dr., is a Research Assistant at Sakarya University. He graduated from the Department of International Relations at Uludağ University and obtained his MA degree from the Department of International Relations at Sakarya University. He also was at the University of Utah as a visiting scholar in 2007. He has written several articles published in journals such as Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies and Uluslararası İlişkiler [International Relations]. His PhD dissertation is ?A Periodization of State Discourse in Republican Turkey: A Foucauldian Approach?.
The Defence Commission does not keep records of its meetings. The Parliamentary Record Office says they were never requested to keep record of the commission. Deputy council Akyeşilmen emphasizes the importance of a public record for more transparency.
These days I find myself worried about the ?latent powers? connotations in some of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli?s recent statements, and that the sense of threat contained in his words may open the path to certain dangers in our nation.