In the first installment of the Glances on Turkey, Evangelos Areteos explains the relationship between Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II's role in history and his cultural heritage in today's Turkey, where Abdulhamid II has become an integral part of populist mobilization.
Attempting to Map the Turkish Electorate: The Turkish Opposition and the Challenge of the Undecided Vote
In this second report on the Turkish electorate, Evangelos Areteos explains the relationship between the opposition and the undecided, and the reasons why disaffected voters steer away from the opposition.
This work focuses on society, religion, and the testing of the Islamist mobilization in Turkey. It examines the reasons behind voters’ disaffection, with a particular focus on the more conservative and religious elements in society.
While highlighting the challenges Turkish foreign policy in Africa faces, Evangelos Areteos also makes a case of this policy being a combination of "public diplomacy and visionary strategic pragmatism". This combination has led to a new paradigm in Turkish foreign policy.
“Our Bodies are Turkish, Our Soul Islamic”: The Grey Wolves and the Essence of Present-Day Turkish-Islam Mobilization
Evangelos Areteos explains how the ideology and combative activism of the Idealist Hearths is radically transforming the country’s political and cultural dynamics
Recently, AKP and Erdogan have been facing challenges from their own backward, the “huzursuz muhafazakarlar” - the “restless conservatives”. This group's actions put into question how long the dominant narrative of Turkey’s grandeur can remain sustainable.
By Evangelos Areteos: "The Mavi Vatan (Blue Homeland in English) naval doctrine of Turkey has lately emerged as one of the pillars of the Turkish foreign and security policy, aiming at establishing Turkey as a vast regional naval power in and around the Mediterranean"
From the Valley to a Pit: Legitimation of the State and Counter-Narratives through Turkish TV Series
The shadowy relations of the state with organized crime have become the central plot of a very popular sub-genre of Turkish TV series. This sub-genre of TV series, where the state and its survival intertwine with the organized crime had started with the TV series and films “Valley of the Wolves” and it resurfaced with the TV series “Eşkıya Dünyaya Hükümdar Olmaz” – Bandits. However, a new sub-genre has lately emerged, where organised crime is depicted as the way of survival of urban poor, and by doing so, it has reframed the popular culture of contestation of the legitimacy of the state.
The Cologne and the Mask: Metaphors of Modern Turkey under the Pandemic Evangelos Areteos The dilemma between an ideologically re-invented past of Ottoman greatness - which "legitimizes" the greatness of today’s Turkey - and [...]