by Holly Case
Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as "new men." This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?
SOURCE: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s president is attracting ridicule for his latest use of history to promote Turkish nationalism
Social media reacts to President Erdoğan’s 16 warriors during meeting with Abbas
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
by Nick Danforth
Erdogan’s critics condemned his decision as yet another heavy-handed attempt to promote a conservative version of Ottoman nostalgia.
by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
His follies have upended his Ottoman Empire dreams.
SOURCE: New York Times
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Turkey was supposed to be the stable Middle East partner of the West. No more.
by Daniel Pipes
To assess the future of Islamism in Turkey, watch the economic indicators.
Edhem Eldem is a professor of history at Bogazici University.ISTANBUL — THE demonstrators who have filled the streets of Istanbul and other Turkish cities for nearly three weeks complain that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, known as the A.K.P., has adopted an increasingly authoritarian attitude that threatens basic freedoms. They also resent his tendency to meddle in the personal lives of citizens — by condemning abortion or trying to control the sale and consumption of alcohol.But Mr. Erdogan isn’t the first Turkish leader to have flirted with authoritarianism and social engineering. This is important to remember, since many of his opponents tend to hark back to a nostalgic past, best illustrated by the profusion of Turkish flags and images of the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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