PACE should save Turkey’s Europeanization process

GÜVEN SAK writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan likes to say “the world is greater than five,” referring to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC.) Many of us would agree with him, as the UNSC’s makeup really is Orwellian. “All nations are equal. But some nations are more equal than others,” it basically says

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

The coalition to end all coalitions

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Turks like to vote. They have tasted the freedom of a ballot booth, a place where you face yourself, and make a decision about your future.

Comment(s) 4/15/2017

‘Come on, this is not Turkey’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

“Human beings are pattern-seeking and storytelling animals,” said Edward Leamer, a professor in economics. That is after all, what science is also about; you look for patterns and tell coherent stories about them. Today, let me tell you about a couple of persistent patterns regarding the Turkish economy.

Comment(s) 4/8/2017

Why Turkey’s economy stumbled in 2016

GÜVEN SAK writes:

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), Turkey grew by 3.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. Added to upward revisions of the previous two quarters, that brings Turkey’s annual growth in 2016 to 2.9 percent. The same number was 6.1 percent in 2015.

Comment(s) 4/1/2017

Turkey’s role in the new regional normal

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I was reading the results of a survey conducted in the province of Van around a week ago. Van is one of the easternmost provinces in Turkey, right on the border with Iran.

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

Unemployment amid the political storm

GÜVEN SAK writes:

March 15 was a very interesting day, or at least it was for me. The Netherlands held general elections, and the Turkish Institute of Statistics (TÜİK) released its Bulletin of Unemployment. I think it proved to be a day of glory for the Dutch, and despair for Turks

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

It’s all about that ‘vision thing’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 1987, then-vice president George H.W. Bush was spending a few days at Camp David to think about how to approach his presidential campaign

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

How to think about ‘Turkey’s Great Normalization’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 1980, Turkey’s GDP per capita was around $1,500. It was $3,600 in 2002 and by 2008 it had reached $10,000. Then it stalled. Was that halt only because of the global financial crisis? I don’t think so.

Comment(s) 3/4/2017

Erdoğan and Turkey’s tradition of pluralism

GÜVEN SAK writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was touring the Gulf last week. During the trip, he spoke to a number of Arab media outlets, including the Qatari newspaper Al-Arab.

Comment(s) 2/25/2017

Trump’s NATO question is a fair one

GÜVEN SAK writes:

President Donald Trump has entered our lives like an asteroid entering the stratosphere.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

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