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Ayşe Zarakol 03 Mar 2017
The International Studies Association (ISA) convention theme this year was “Understanding Change in World Politics.” The theme is set every year by the president and program chairs in an attempt to introduce an overarching coherence to the program. The president invites noted scholars to organize roundtables and panels linked to the conference theme. This year’s call for proposals observed that: “[m]uch of international relations...
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Ayşe Zarakol 01 Mar 2017
I was part of six panels at the International Studies Association (ISA) convention. One of the more interesting ones was on Russia and NATO. It was organized by Kimberly Marten (Barnard College) and included, along with me and Kimberly, Deborah Yarsike Ball (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Olga Oliker (CSIS), and Elizabeth Wishnick (Montclair State University). Each panelist was asked to reflect on where they thought Russia and...
Ayşe Zarakol 28 Feb 2017
The International Studies Association (ISA) Convention is held annually in a different North American city every year, almost always in the United States. This year’s conference was held in Baltimore February 21-25. To my knowledge, ISA is the largest conference for those who study international relations, hosting more than 6,000 scholars and political scientists annually.[1] This year the Trump travel ban hung heavy in the air. After the...
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Ayşe Zarakol 20 Dec 2016
(LRB Blog) At 7.05 p.m. Turkish time yesterday, the Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead in an Ankara art gallery, while visiting an exhibition entitled Russia through Turkish Eyes. The assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer in a suit and tie, calmly shot Karlov in the back several times; spoke in Turkish about Aleppo, with his hand in the air, one finger pointed upward (a jihadi sign, symbolising ‘...
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Ayşe Zarakol 21 Oct 2016
(PONARS Policy Memo) By the summer of 2016, it had become relatively commonplace in Western policy circles to wonder if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was following in the footsteps of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and, if so, how far down that path he would take Turkey. The failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 changed many dynamics within Turkey in unpredictable ways. Many questions that have been raised can now be answered more...
Ayşe Zarakol 05 Aug 2016
(Changing Turkey) The deficiencies in Turkish IR literature mirror the deficiencies of the broader IR literature. IR is still an American dominated field. Until recently, American IR was characterised by what is called inter-paradigm debates between realism, liberalism and to some extent, constructivism. Later another major debate emerged between positivists and non-positivists, the end result of which has been an increasing divergence between...
Ayşe Zarakol 04 Aug 2016
(LRB blog) Since the failed coup attempt on 15 July, two distinct narratives about Turkey have emerged. Talking to Turks and non-Turks about the coup increasingly resembles travelling between parallel universes. Outside Turkey, most observers have focused on the way President Erdoğan and the AKP government have handled the aftermath of the coup, rather than the coup attempt itself. The indiscriminate violence of the coup, the killing of hundreds of...
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Ayşe Zarakol 18 Jul 2016
(PONARS Policy Memo) It seemed a normal Friday night, as much as one could speak of normalcy in Turkey these days, given the developments of the past year, from the numerous terror attacks by both ISIS and the PKK to the erratic turns in Turkish foreign policy. Just as most Turkish citizens were getting ready to draw in, around 10 pm, Turkish social media reported troops and tanks on both bridges in Istanbul shutting off traffic from Asia to Europe....

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