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Mustafa Akyol


Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse and a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News and Star. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He studied political science and history at the Bogazici University in Istanbul, where he still lives. His book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, an argument for "Muslim liberalism," was published by W.W. Norton in July 2011. The book was described by The Financial Times as “a forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom."

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Turkey's doctrine of pre-emptive authoritarianism

By  Mustafa Akyol | Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “iron will” is tailor-made for a political culture in which concession is condemned as weakness and authoritarianism is praised as the only way to deal with opponents.

Why Erdogan keeps winning

By  Mustafa Akyol | Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to fuse Turkey’s center-right and Islamist-right into one major bloc accepting his explanation of recent political scandals to be conspiracies against his rule.

Why Turkey’s elections matter

By  Mustafa Akyol | Fri, Mar 28, 2014
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is likely to win municipal elections on March 30, so the real question is what comes next?

Erdogan’s great patriotic war

By  Mustafa Akyol | Thu, Mar 20, 2014
A recent video produced by the Justice and Development Party reveals an intense nationalistic vibe.

Turkey’s warring personality cults

By  Mustafa Akyol | Fri, Feb 28, 2014
In the absence of well-grounded institutions, politics in Turkey often devolves into a battle of personalities, as we see now between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.
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