Zekeriya Kurşun

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Fortified and weakened identities of the Middle East

One of the democracies presented as a model for the Middle East and North Africa is the democracy of Israel. Of course, what is meant here is not the perfectly observed democratic practices but the observation of its rules. The results of the electio... more

Abandoned Lands: Algeria, Libya and Sudan

The Arab Winter that began in the Middle East and North Africa is getting even harsher. After Bouteflika declared his candidacy for the Presidency, things have heated up in Algeria. Actually, they stir up trouble in the country. The people revolted. ... more

Child crusaders, Dracula, and the New Zealand mosque shooter

It was May 1212. French King Philippe was meeting with his courtiers in Saint Denise. A shepherd named Stephane of Orleans enters the court. The kid says that he has brought a letter from Jesus Christ. Moreover, he also says that Jesus Christ, who ap... more

How should Turkey interpret what is going on in Algeria?

Tensions rose after Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is supported by the West and the military oligarchy in the country, announced his candidacy or more correctly was nominated by them as a candidate. In Algeria, which has largely remained untouched by the A... more

How much is a Kashmiri Muslim’s life worth?

A new conflict erupted while the world was busy dealing with the power struggle between the U.S. and Russia in the Middle East and the big bargain struck between them on Syria. Pakistan and India are on the brink of war. Just like the jet crisis occu... more

Turkey-Qatar relations and history

I went to Qatar last week to address a few conferences. This gave me a chance to make certain observations in the country, which I visited for the first time since the political and economic blockade Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (U... more

Non-procedural and strange: The Warsaw Middle East Conference

The Peace and Security in the Middle East Conference held on Feb. 13-14, in the Polish capital of Warsaw, caused new disappointment for the U.S.Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, had planned through this conference to announce to the world - o... more

Jordan’s King Abdullah is at a crossroads

Jordanian King Abdullah quietly visited Istanbul and transited to Tunis. King Abdullah was President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s guest on Saturday at the Huber mansion in Tarabya, where the king’s grandfather had also lived for a period of time. It is obv... more

Sports, politics and history in the Gulf

I was surprised when I went to Qatar for the first time in the late 1990s to do research. It was a small country and its relations with the world were largely based on oil trade. However, the hottest topic everywhere was sports. At first, I had inter... more

A response to Haaretz: Jews and Ottomans in Jerusalem

In the early months of last year, Israel wanted to collect tax from the businesses of churches in Jerusalem. Perhaps for the first time in history, numerous churches, and primarily Kamame Church, closed its doors of worship in protest of this decisio... more


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