1. december 2011
The Arab Uprisings and the EU. EU migration policies towards the Mediterranean: Learning to cope with "a Changing Neighbourhood" - by Peter Seeberg
New political and theoretical perspectives on relations between the Middle East and Europe after the Arab uprisings in 2011.
10. november 2011
“After the Spring”: Is Turkey a Model for Arab States? - by Dietrich Jung
The countries of the so-called Arab spring now have to move from popular protest to lasting institution-building. In this context, a multiplicity of voices has been advocating Turkey as a model for the democratic and economic development of Arab states. This essay critically examines the Turkish model and emphasizes its particularities that strongly differentiate Turkey from its southern neighborhood.
3. november 2011
Islam 2.0 in Deutschland – Jenseits von deutscher Leitkul-tur und islamischem „Medien-ghetto“ by Götz Nordbruch
This article highlights the increasingly active role played by Muslim youngsters in German-language (online-)media and challenges the idea of an emerging media-ghetto that would distance immigrants from mainstream society.
12. oktober 2011
"The Turkish Revolution”: changing civil-military relations in Turkey - by Dietrich Jung
While the so-called Arab spring attracted world-attention, events of a revolutionary character took place in Turkey. Less than two months after the landslide victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Turkish national elections of June 12, 2011, the entire top brass of the military resigned in connection with the continuous detention of military officers accused to be part of a plot against the government known as the Ergenekon investigation. The resignation of Turkey’s leading officers indicates a major change in the civil-military relations of the country in which until recently the military dominated over civilian governments.
28. september 2011
Dawn Chatty. 2010. Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East - book review by Erik Mohns
Communal, religious and ethnic heterogeneities are significant features of everyday life in contemporary Levantine societies. Chatty’s book traces the history of refugees and forcefully displayed who, as a reconstructed Middle East emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, found themselves cut off from their homeland and started their new lives in a new world with borders created out of the ashes of war and fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Germany: Migration, Islam and National Identity - by Götz Nordbruch
Götz Nordbruch reconstructs the evolving narratives about national identity and poli-cies of citizenship and migration in the context of changing demography of post-war German society. The ‘quest for normality’ and the modernization of the country’s self-understanding is echoed in the shifting definitions of German identity, and in related approaches to migrants, Islam and German history.
2. september 2011
How to support the Syrian uprising? - by Erik Mohns
The events in Syria have led to mounting calls in the EU to impose an embargo on Syrian oil. Erik Mohns discusses the possible impact of such sanctions on the balance of power between the regime and the protest movement in Syria.
”Bir Daha”. The 2011 Elections in Turkey - by Dietrich Jung
The article presents some data and a brief analysis of the Turkish parliamentary elections held on June 12, 2011. In putting the elections into historical and political context, it argues that the third term in office for Prime Minister Erdoğan will be determining for the future course of Turkey’s democracy.
The beginning of the end? The Assad-regime in Syria stands with its back to the wall - by Erik Mohns
In spite of brutal repression, protests continue in the Syrian "Kingdom of Fear". The legitimacy of the regime will most likely continue to dwindle more and more as long as it proves unable to open up politically. The article is in German and a shorter version will be published in the journal iz3w - informationszentrum 3. welt.
Muslim Organisations in Denmark. Five years after the Cartoon Controversy - by Kirstine Sinclair
The “cartoon controversy” in fall 2005 and spring 2006 had immediate consequences for the Muslim population in Denmark. In many regards, the debates triggered by the cartoons and by the following protests encouraged Muslims to organise and to voice their views and opinions. This article examines how this new activism has developed over the last five years: Did these new initiatives last?
“I’m a Turk, Upright and Hard-working”: A Tale of the High Judiciary in Turkey - by Necati Polat
Observers of Turkish politics who have focused on its staunch military to make sense of the troubled democracy in the country have little noticed the critical role played by the high judiciary in sustaining the regime. This article discusses the role of the judiciary in blocking a political opening and in curtailing political rights and liberties.
"Imported Conflicts?" - Notions of inequality and antipluralist tendencies among young migrants - by Götz Nordbruch
This German article is based on a speech at an anti-racist conference in Cologne in December 2010. In the recent past, press reports have repeatedly warned against a possible “import” of conflicts from the Balkan and the Middle East to European societies. These conflicts, it is claimed, continue to shape the daily life and the attitudes of immigrants in Europe. This article questions this assumption and discusses the growing popularity of ethnic stereotypes and resentments among immigrant youngsters in Germany in the context of their experiences at home – in German society.
Same Old Message, New Wrapping: Hizb ut-Tahrir’s activities in Denmark - by Kirstine Sinclair
In January 2011, Hizb ut-Tahrir hosted a meeting at the Royal Library in Copenhagen which made Danish politicians and opinion makers demand an investigation of the possibilities of a ban of the organisation in Denmark. It would be the third such investigation in eight years. What makes this organisation capable of stirring up the political agenda in Denmark over and over again?
The Anti-Coup Trials in Turkey: What Exactly is Going on? - by Necati Polat
The ongoing legal investigations against high-ranking representatives of the Turkish military have sparked controversial debates about the background of the so-called “Ergenekon”-complex – and about the interests involved on the side of the AKP-government in bringing the culprits to justice. This article reconstructs the history of these investigations and discusses their political context in Turkish politics.
The Arab World and National Socialism: An ambiguous Relationship - by Götz Nordbruch
The history of Arab encounters with Nazi Germany is controversially discussed in historical research. Over the last decades, several studies have highlighted the collaboration of key personalities with the Nazi German regime. This essay challenges this narrative that reduces Arab reactions to explicitly pro-German voices. It provides an alternative reading that points to the diversity of contemporary reactions to the rise of Hitler in the Arab public.
Egypt: on the way toward democracy? - by Dietrich Jung
The recent unrest in Egypt dramatically changed the political geography of the country; yet despite the deposition of Mubarak after 30 years in power, key structures of the authoritarian regime, whose origins can be traced back to military coup of 1952, remain untouched. One of the major challenges thus consists in a revival of the traditions of liberal nationalism that had marked much of Egypt’s pre-Nasserist history. In this context, a continuation of past politics that were pursued by international great powers poses additional obstacles to the new opening of Egyptian political life.