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.
The Ankara Bombings: Collusion, Incompetence or Willful Indifference?
The near simultaneous double suicide bombings that killed at least 105 participants in a peace rally in Ankara on October 10 were the worst terrorist attack in Turkish history. Although […]
The Rise of Diyanet: the Politicization of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs
Since 2010, the State Directorate for Religious Affairs has risen in prominence. Diyanet’s budget has quadrupled under the AKP, and the Directorate now issues fatwas on demand, as well as […]
Taking it to the streets: Turkey’s rising social tensions
The recent spate of violent protests by Turkish ultranationalists – including attempted lynchings of ethnic Kurds – and the attacks by government supporters on the Hürriyet newspaper have reinforced already […]
Turkey’s Military Rulers
On July 28, Turkey’s president Erdogan broke off negotiations with Kurdish leaders and resumed hostilities against the Kurdish separatist movement. The article argues that this represents a defeat for the […]
The Islamization of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Education Reforms
The growing efforts at Islamization of Turkish society have largely gone unnoticed. For many years, Islamization was the dog that did not bark: in spite of dire predictions by secularists, […]
The Turkish-Kurdish Energy Deal Could Pave Way for Iraq’s Breakup
Initially encountering serious challenges, the energy cooperation ıs about to bring profound changes in the region.
Erdoğan’s War: The Causes and Consequences of the Upsurge in Kurdish Violence
In recent weeks, Turkey has been wracked by an escalation in Kurdish-related violence. Not only could the upsurge have been prevented but there are fears that the worst may yet […]
Curbing Militancy: Regulating Pakistan’s Madrassas
Thousands of madrassas in Pakistan remain completely unregulated by the government and their sources of funding unknown while many more thousands offer an education to their students with bleak employment […]
The Case for a Coalition with the CHP: the AKP Needs to Refurbish Its Image in the West
The AKP’s loss of its absolute majority in the June 7 parliamentary election may paradoxically offer the regime the chance to refurbish its tarnished image in the West. That, at […]
Turkey’s Kurds and the Post-election Political Landscape
The Turkish general election of 7 June stripped the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of its parliamentary majority for the first time since November 2002 and dealt a devastating […]