The Institute for Security and Development Policy regularly issues a variety of publications ranging from shorter Policy Briefs to more comprehensive studies in its Asia and Silk Road Papers series. Explore the different series below.

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  • Is Authoritarianism forever in Turkey?

    Authoritarianism has remained a permanent feature of the Turkish polity since the founding of the republic. Authoritarian rulers who have gone too far in their abuse of power are showed […]

  • Erdoğan’s Looming Downfall

    The year 2013 was supposed to be momentous for Turkey’s strongman, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Having established himself as the single most powerful Turkish politician since Kemal Atatürk, he […]

  • Desecuritizing the Kurdish Question and Emerging Regional Dynamics

    Desecuritizing the Kurdish question has become a priority for Turkey’s AKP government as it seeks to enter into a domestic “solution process” with the PKK. However, emerging dynamics in Iraq […]

  • A Hint of Desperation: Erdoğan’s Crackdown on Free Speech

    Since Turkish prosecutors launched a major corruption probe targeting the government in December, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has focused his efforts to prevent the release and dissemination of further […]

  • Erdogan Loses It

    The Turkish state changed hands a decade ago, when Islamic conservatives (supported by the liberals) prevailed in elections against the country’s old guard, the rightist nationalists known as Kemalists. It […]

  • Recent Development Trends of Terrorism in Pakistan


  • New Juncture in EU-Turkey Relations?

    With the issuing of the EU Commission’s Progress Report on Turkey, it would appear that there is fresh impetus for EU-Turkey relations to be placed on an improved footing after […]

  • United against the West? Erdoğan and the Turkish generals

    The Turkish decision to choose a Chinese anti-missile system demonstrates Turkey’s ambition to forge an independent defense identity. It is another indication that the ruling Islamic conservatives do not feel […]

  • Erdogan VS. Koç Holding: Turkey’s New Witch Hunt

    Following the Taksim square protests, Prime Minister Erdogan has instigated a witch hunt targeting the country’s largest industrial conglomerate, the Koç Group. Since the Koç Group-owned Divan hotel allowed a […]

  • Erdogan Stokes the Sectarian Fires

    Turkey was supposed to be the stable, Muslim-majority democracy on which the United States could rely as a strategic partner in the Middle East. The demonstrations that rocked Turkey in […]