Show trials on the Bosphorus

THE NEW YORKER, 14.8.2013.


Two years ago, when I started investigating the sprawling prosecution of Turkey’s military and political leaders—known as the Ergenekon case—someone pointed me to Emin Şirin. At the time, more than seven hundred people from across Turkish society, from military officers to academics, journalists, and aid workers, had been charged with, among other things, attempting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Şirin’s story, I was told, was emblematic of the Ergenekon prosecutions, in that it relied on obviously trumped-up evidence.

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Eight things to consider before intervening in Syria

A. Dworkin, D. Levy and J. Barnes-Dacey, European Council on Foreign Relations, 13.8.2013.


1. What are the goals of intervention?

All statements coming from the western leaders most likely to undertake military action (US, UK and France) suggest a narrow focus on chemical weapons (CW), rather than action designed to sway the overall trajectory of the conflict in Syria. PM Cameron went as far as to say, “this is not even about the Syria conflict. It is about the use of chemical weapons.” On the overall conflict, all continue to suggest that ultimately a political outcome is needed.

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Kosovo, EULEX co-operation pays off

SETimes, 31.7.2013.


Kosovo law enforcement agencies have been working with EULEX in cases involving organised crime and corruption, as the mission helps the country's institutions become self-sufficient.

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Turkey after Taksim

Dimitar Bechev, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, 3.7.2013.


During more than a decade in power, prime minister Recep Tayyp Erdoğan has implemented important reforms, yet he hasn't done enough to tackle the deepest flaw rooted in Turkey’s republican legacy: the authoritarian reflex built into the system of governance. "Turkey after Taksim", in Dimitar Bechev's comment for OBC

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