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About Bulent Gokay

Bulent Gokay is Professor of International Relations and Head of School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, at Keele University

Articles by Bulent Gokay

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will Chilcot mention the real reasons for the Iraq War and the hundreds of thousands who have died since March 2003?

As all sides are protecting their interests, who counts the lost lives alongside their own economic and political benefits?

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

Iraq and Syria didn’t create ISIS - we did

After the Paris attacks, ISIS became yesterday’s story, as if the terrorist movement had disappeared into far lands not able to affect our lives any more.

Body counting and precision bombing in failed states

The words ‘precision-guided missiles’ are used to make us think that British warplanes can go there and help the good guys, the so-called moderate rebels, without much, if any, collateral damage. 

Cannibalisation and the State of Exception

Want to avoid the cannibalisation of British and European politics from below and a state of exception from above? First, ponder the global power-shift from NATO-lands to China and Russia.

Turkey cannot be a global power until it is a stable democracy

On the rise of Turkey, its messy foreign policy, and the AKP's internal 'enemies'–Richard Falk's discussion with the Turkish PM provokes more questions than answers.

Race and racism in modern Turkey

Ninety years since the establishment of the Republic, in an ever more complex society, the limitations and contradictions of Turkish national identity are coming to the fore more and more. 

The protests in Turkey: urban warfare in 'rebel cities'

These are democratic protest movements in societies experiencing rapid change where the public’s demand for better services and more democracy at local as well as national levels grow at a faster pace than their governments’ ability to provide.  

Ragip Zarakolu, human rights symbol in modern Turkey

Turkey will become a real global power only when the high level of its economic progress is matched by a strong, stable and functioning democratic system.
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