ResearchTurkey Konferans – Dr. Şakir Dinçşahin: Türkiye’de Gezi Parkı ve Yarışan Popülizmler: Hükümetin Halkı, Protestonun Halkına Karşı

Türkiye Politika ve Araştırma Merkezi (ResearchTurkey), Dr. Şakir Dinçşahin‘in katılımı ile “Türkiye’de Gezi Parkı ve Yarışan Popülizmler: Hükümetin Halkı, Protestonun Halkına Karşı” başlıklı bir konferans düzenleyecektir.

King’s College London araştırma görevlisi, Dr. Simon Waldman‘ın başkanlık edeceği konferans 30 Ocak 2014, Perşembe günü, saat 18.30 ile 20.30 arasında, Franklin Wilkins Building Room 3.52, 150 Stamford Street, Waterloo Campus King’s College London, SE1 9NH adresinde gerçekleştirilecektir

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2 thoughts on “ResearchTurkey Konferans – Dr. Şakir Dinçşahin: Türkiye’de Gezi Parkı ve Yarışan Popülizmler: Hükümetin Halkı, Protestonun Halkına Karşı

  1. Betula Nelson

    Dincsahin’s lecture, though informative about some of the theories of popularism, was quite disappointing as it was delivered in a straight jacket of a theoretical model rather than an enlightening style. His conclusion, i.e that the Gezi movement was a failure -not resulting in a regime change- sounded premature and rigid which naturally met with a great deal of reaction and opposition from the audience. It was frustrating to see Dincsahin refraining from a wider analysis of the subject and only remaining loyal to the constrains of the narrow margins of his pet interest.
    The audience would have appreciated some further analysis of the on going movement – as it is still a fresh and an emotive subject, especially for the mainly Turkish origin audience. We heard nothing about the backlash both at home and abroad created by the brutal police interventions ordered by the prime minister. This has culminated in a sea change of opinion both in the US and EU media which had always been positive until than! Most importantly, the movement has raised the consciousness of Turkish people and adjusted their estimation of the meaning of real democracy while the true autocratic face of the state has been displayed.

  2. Berna Basatemur

    I agree totally with Betula Nelson’s comments. As Dr. Dincsahin’s lecture was about his work-in-progress, I sincerely hope that he would re-assess his conclusion and include a more complete analysis in his final paper. Yes, it is true that there has not been a regime change (yet), but this is because AKP government was not a single entity, but a two thronged force: the AKP politicians on the one hand, and the state institutions affiliated to the “Gulen movement”.

    Country-wide demonstrations were sparked off initially by the the police brutality against the Gezi Park sit-in. As Erdogan’s frustration grew, he has been revealing more about what he and his party really stands for. “The people of the protest” has evolved, increased and demos continue to take place, relating to wide ranging issues. Erdogan’s actions and pronouncements continue to be more and more absurd, offensive and embarrassing, not only to people at home, but also to the US and EU who have been supporting him. Now that the two sides of the governing forces are at loggerheads, even the “people of the government”, (i.e. those who voted for Erdogan and gave his party the majority seats–thanks to a very unfair election system and dodgy practices) can see this for themselves.

    I propose that it is not possible to analyse such an ongoing major social and political upheaval in a country without taking into account the wider international interests and forces at play (which cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” as they have been openly declared by the US and by Erdogan.) Now that Erdogan and his government is becoming increasingly untenable, it is important to remember that US support for Gulen (worldwide network of activities enjoying the backing of CIA and generous financial support by Saudi Arabia) is bound to be more enduring, as it serves US interests widely and less visibly. But a regime change needs more, there needs to be a political contender that can be an ally as well as win votes at home. This is a very sticky situation, indeed.

    I believe that Gezi movement cannot be dismissed as failure. It was the starting point of a phenomenal process of change in Turkey, with far reaching implications, and still evolving.

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