For several days, Turkey is encountering troubles. Preserved internally from regional and geopolitical transformations, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP, in power for ten years, has been shaken. It all started from several major projects in Istanbul and a new law on the restriction of alcohol advertising. In fact, the reasons are deeper. If we put the agitators aside, and analyze the other groups, we can see indignation among the middle classes regarding the will of control on their way of life. The economist Ahmet Insel explains that the society’s indignation is “to save its dignity”.
By Kristina Kausch
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After last week’s targeted political assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaïd in Tunis, the Arab Spring’s so far most successful transition appears to have turned sour. Mr. Belaïd’s death was but the final spark that lit public anger over the long-standing systematic violence against opposition figures and other critics of the Nahda government committed by Salafist mobs over the past year. Most of these attacks were clearly not spontaneous outbreaks of violence, but planned attacks against specific individuals, as well as ordinary citizens who did not comply with the attackers’ ideals of lifestyle.
By Shahrazad Far. With the internal domestic unrest in Egypt and the continuously escalating turmoil in Syria, Ahmadinejad’s historical visit to Cairo last Wednesday sparks speculations about conversion in the Cairo-Tehran relations. After decades of compliance to Washington, the peace treaty with Israel and consequentially deteriorating relations with post-Islamic revolution Iran, Egypt’s Muslim Brother president hails Ahmadinejad’s reciprocal visit to Cairo. Amidst volatile regional transformative dynamics, these two regional heavyweight countries embark on an attempt to restore relations, leaving Israel and its western allies irritated and alert.
XVI Réalités International Forum in Tunisia
The sixteenth edition of the Réalités International Forum, this year entitled « La Tunisie et les pays du printemps arabe: Enjeux et dynamiques » will analyze the political and socioeconomic situation in Tunisia after the Arab Spring. The forum aims to identify the political and economic challenges for the future of the country with local political and...