Democracy and Governance

Democracy and Governance

The rising tide of populism and its impact on the preservation or dissolution of democratic values and institutions have become one of the most pressing issues globally. The study of liberal democracy and human rights in Turkey, a critical geopolitical actor, provides significant insights into understanding the issue. Even though Turkey is characterized by a particular set of historical, institutional, and political traditions, as well as economic dynamics, its move towards a more authoritarian political culture cannot be understood outside this global trend of rising populism. Freedom of speech, the refugee crisis, human rights, peace and security, democratic processes, and gender are critical areas of inquiry for the Istanbul Center.

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