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Turkeys Path to Democratization

by Muhammed Cetin

This book is about Turkey’s hard road to democratization. Following the historical account, the author analyzes the contemporary socio-political events in Turkey.

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: Jun 15, 2014 • 260 Pages • 6 x 9 inches • ISBN 9781935295518
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In this timely book the author addresses a number of key questions about Turkey’s hard road to democratization. Is it still underway? What are the hindrances or blockages? What are the motivations and roles of civil society groupings in this evolving democracy? What is the current stance and role of the military, given Turkey’s recent history of recurrent military coups d’état? Will Turkey ever succeed in gaining admittance to the European Union?

How does Turkey’s role in NATO interact with Turkey’s constantly changing relations with neighbors in the region? Is Turkey moving West or is it turning to the East? What are the implications for Turkey and the region of the relatively new “state” of Northern Iraq—now commonly known as “Kurdistan”?

To contextualize events in contemporary Turkey, Cetin begins with a swift-moving account of the attempt to establish, and then hold on to, a nationalist, laicist, and Westernized republic after the end of the Ottoman Empire. In this way, he traces the emergence, dynamics and outcomes of social and political movements in Turkey, the political system, its institutions and processes, and the larger social and cultural ethos to the early Republican years, when a new state and society formed.

The articles which follow the historical account, and which provide a commentary on contemporary social and political events, were written over a period of three years for publication in the English-language newspaper Today’s Zaman and are grouped in this book according to theme.
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ABOUT AUTHOR

Muhammed Cetin
Muhammed Cetin

Muhammed Cetin (Cetin) is a sociologist who has taught at a number of universities in the US. While in the US he worked on a voluntary basis as President of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, USA. He wrote a weekly column for the international daily Today’s Zaman until he was elected to Parliament in Turkey for the AK Party. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Turkish Parliament and a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

 He served from 2011 until the end of 2013, when he resigned from the party in protest at the actions of the Prime Minister, but continued to serve as an independent. 

He is the author of The Gulen Movement: Civic service without borders (2010) and Hizmet: Questions and Answers on the Gulen Movement (2012), both published by Blue Dome Press, New York.

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