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In Defense of Grief: Sorrow in the Digital Age


BY LAUREN VIEHBACHER In the span of three days this past March, bombs ripped through daily life in Istanbul and Brussels. Police flooded Istiklal Street in Istanbul, a famous pedestrian stretch usually humming with shoppers. Helicopters circled overhead, citizens scattered in terror, and yellow tape fluttered across the street. Five people were killed and close […]

Art in Antep: An activist’s collaborative spurs creative connections on the border with Syria


  Along the porous border between Syria and Turkey lies the notorious city of Gaziantep — a city making waves in the media as a regional capitol for spooks and spicy kebabs. Called “Antep” for short (formerly known as Ayintab, the sister city to Aleppo in Syria), Gaziantep is also — surprisingly for some — […]

Advocacy and Social Movements

Examining Turkey as a Model for Democracy with Ambassador Francis Riccardione


In Fall 2015, JMEPP Co-Editor-in-Chief Kevin Moss interviewed Amb. Francis Riccardione, the former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Atlantic Council Vice President and Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Below is an excerpt from the interview on the role of Turkey in serving as a model for democracy in the region. For the full interview, please listen […]

An Alternative Strategy for Ankara in the Levant


Under the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey has secured its position as a major global actor. The country benefited from robust economic growth in the early 2000s and strengthened its ties with the region, the European Union, Africa, and the United States. Turkey rose to prominence with its “zero problems with […]

A Review of Another Empire? A Decade of Turkey’s Foreign Policy Under the Justice and Development Party


Edited by Kerem Öktem, Ayşe Kadıoğlu, and Mehmet Karlı Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2012 Cigdem Hajipouran Benam holds a PhD in international relations from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and is currently a visiting researcher at Boston University’s Institute […]

International Relations and Security

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