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About Melissa DeOrio

Melissa DeOrio holds an MSc in Security Studies from University College London and a degree in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Melissa lived in Samsun, Turkey from 2014-2015 as a Fulbright scholar and frequently analyzes Turkish political affairs.

Articles by Melissa DeOrio

This week's editors

Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A hollow referendum

Instead of articulating a brand-new direction for the country, the referendum simply served to legitimize and solidify the powers that President Erdogan has held since July 2016.

Turkey: Do increased police powers signify desertion of democracy?

Expanded police powers and arrest of journalists signify a pivot away from a previous focus on democratic consolidation. The international community must pay attention to Turkey’s new security bill.

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