Program on Turkey

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The Program on Turkey

A platform for critical analysis and research on politics and society in Turkey

Who We Are

The Program on Turkey at CDDRL is a platform for critical analysis and research on politics and society in Turkey. Through research projects, speaker events, and conferences, the Program seeks to provide and facilitate an understanding of the changing internal dynamics and external relations of the country in connection with global and regional developments and highlight potential agents and viable pathways for a democratic and sustainable future.

New Turkish Studies Course

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The Works of Yasar Kemal: Dissidence, Rebellion and Storytelling in Turkey

A new course by our faculty affiliate Dr. Burcu Karahan examines the major works of Yasar Kemal, a prolific novelist and a masterful storyteller of Kurdish descent from Turkey.

News & Publications

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Church, Mosque, Museum? Reflections on Monuments in Turkey and Spain

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Bogaziçi Resists Authoritarian Control of the Academy in Turkey


Turkey’s Generation Z Turns Against Erdogan

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Professions of Friendship Revisiting the Concept of the Political in the Middle East

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How Authoritarians Win When They Lose


Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State


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Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program at CDDRL is a three-week training program for global democratic leaders holding senior roles in their respective fields.
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Leadership Academy for Development

LAD trains mid-career government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development.
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Pre- & Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center welcomes applications from pre-doctoral students at the write-up stage and from post-doctoral scholars working in any of the four program areas of democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law.
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Visiting Scholar Program

The Program on Turkey hosts leading scholars and practitioners to conduct and complete original research while in residence at CDDRL.