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About William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a freelance journalist and editor in Instanbul. He also writes in his personal blog

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Turkey as a test case in the multipolar post-Cold War order

Turkey has frequently been cited as a model for other countries in the Middle East currently undergoing an "Arab Spring." While there are similarities among the countries of the Middle East, Turkey has had a distinct trajectory that does not make it an appropriate model.

A temporary alliance? The AKP, Fethullah Gülen and religion in Turkish politics

With the Gülen movement emerging as a potential challenger for the governing AK Party, the future direction of Turkish politics will be determined by the outcome of the impending power struggle, argues William Armstrong.

Europe, Turkey and historical amnesia

The Turkish denial of history may well be an apt criterion for membership of the EU.

'Neo-Ottomanism', pluralism, and economic development in Turkey

It’s naive to think that Turkey has become less nationalistic in recent years; the only change has been in the nature and context of this nationalism.

Significant changes in Turkish religion and Turkish nationalism

Turkish society has proved to be loyal to its country rather than divided over religious and political views as Turkey’s disputes with Israel have united them into a common feeling: nationalism.
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