Publication series

Turkey’s agenda is changing at an incredible speed. This change makes itself felt in every area of society. Social, legal and political changes happen in many fields; from economy to culture and internal politics, from environmental issues to external politics.

The media in particular plays a significant role in helping to understand the society of Turkey and to grasp the reflections of this change on various political and social areas. Therefore is a gap of profound analysis and information supporting readers inside and outside of Turkey in drawing their own conclusions. Understanding the transformation of Turkey requires more diverse analyses of a higher quality for the reader inside and outside of Turkey. Aiming to fill this gap, the Turkey Representation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) has decided to publish the quarterly, “Perspectives – Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey”, in both Turkish and English.

This quarterly periodical strives to be a source of reference for civil society, decision makers, opinion leaders in- and outside of Turkey. Each magazine will present feature articles, articles on ecology, democratization, culture, international politics and news from hbs. Each issue also contains a short biography in an attempt to present the impact of the developments in Turkey from a human perspective.

We very much hope that Perspectives does not only provide political analysis and commentary on Turkey but also contributes to a fruitful and lively debate on issues of importance for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable future of Turkey. With round table discussions that we will organize on the topic of the feature articles, we would also like to discuss intensively with you.

On behalf of the “Perspectives”-Team of the
Turkey Representation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Kristain Brakel

Perspectives Issue 9

9th issue of Perspectives "Analysis and Commentary from Turkey" is out now. We feature two special dossiers in this issue: the democracy dossier analyzes the current situation and strategies of significant political actors towards the Presidential elections. We also prepared a gender and macroeconomy dossier, which hopefully would provide an introduction to a gendered reading of macroeconomic issues in Turkey, who will be hosting the G20 summit in 2015. As usual we cover foreign policy, ecology and culture topics with very interesting articles.

Perspectives Issue 8

This issue opens with an article by Yunus Sözen that evaluates the local elections which were held on 30 March. Our special dossier is on capital and capitalists in Turkey. We analyze the varieties of business groups from Gülen community to capitalists of the Kurdish region. Democracy section features an article on recent internet censorship efforts by the government. As usual we have other interesting articles in our Ecology, International Politics, Culture and Human Landscape sections. We hope you enjoy the read.

Perspectives Issue 7

We greet 2014 with a new lay out and, as usual, feature articles that examine the background of the current political atmosphere in Turkey. As Turkey enters into a period of elections, Perspectives analyzes the strategies of main political actors and emphasizes the role of urban politics for the municipal elections in March 2014. In our dossier, we cover a range of articles from the autonomy of local governments to “crazy” construction projects planned by the central government. The Democracy section is particularly rich in this issue and supported by two extensive articles on the foreign policy of Turkey and cultural politics of the Gezi Protests. Muharrem Erbey, a human rights activist under arrest as a part of KCK trials, is our guest in the human landscapes section.

We hope you enjoy reading our 7th issue, which we hope serves as a compass in these tumultuous times for politics in Turkey. Of course, we appreciate any feedback and comments.

Perspectives #6.13

The 6th issue of Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey is out now with feature articles on "Grapes of Wrath: The Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Areas in Turkey". We prepared this issue for highlighting ongoing reforms in the field of rural development and agriculture in Turkey. Gökhan Günaydın, Abdullah Aysu and Sibel Caşkurlu are some of the authors who contribute in our feature articles section. The 6th issue of the Journal also covers articles on current political issues, foreign affairs, economy, environment and art. We followed-up on our last issue on Gezi Protests with three articles and an interview. We hope you enjoy the read and welcome any feedbacks.

Perspectives #5.13

Political analysis and commentary from Turkey with a special cover story on Gezi Protests
The protests sprang from Gezi Park, and spread throughout Turkey in a short period of time, mark a historical turning point for Turkish democracy. Accounts and analyses of Gezi Protests are limited for foreign readers. Therefore, for this extraordinary occasion, we introduce a special cover story on Gezi Park Protests in our 5th issue. Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey - evaluates the protests through three articles from Deniz Özgür (Gezi Park activist), Cengiz Çandar (political analyst) and Ska Keller (Member of the European Parliament).

Perspectives #4.13

The 4th issue of Perspectives, the Journal of Political Commentary and Analysis from Turkey, is just published! It contains feature articles on the "Green Movement in Turkey". Besides that you will also find articles on the fields of democracy, culture, ecology and foreign policy. In this issue we included an interview in our Human Landscape section. We hope you enjoy reading the new issue of Perspectives!

Perspectives #3.13

We’re happy to announce that the third issue of our quarterly magazine Perspectives – Political analysis and commentary from Turkey just appeared today with a rich collection of articles on hot political issues,democracy as well as the political system, the environment, ecology, the arts and many other subjects. The highlight in this second issue will be on “ The Turkish Question ” with perspectives by Doğu Ergil, Ahmet İnsel, Evren Balta Paker, Mustafa Sönmez, and İnci Özkan Kerestecioğlu.

Foto Galerie-Covers of Perspectives