Turkey as a Regional Power: Neo-Ottomanism in Action Cover Image

Turkey as a Regional Power: Neo-Ottomanism in Action
Turkey as a Regional Power: Neo-Ottomanism in Action

Author(s): Srđa Trifković
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, History of ideas, Political history, Government/Political systems, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Banjoj Luci
Keywords: Turkey; Rejep Tayyip Erdoğan; government; Mustafa Kemal’s legacy; constitutional secularism; neo-Ottomanism;

Summary/Abstract: Over the past decade Prime Minister Rejep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) have been successful in undermining Mustafa Kemal’s legacy and the character of the state founded upon that legacy. What remained, until the 2010 referendum on constitutional amendments, was an increasingly empty shell of constitutional secularism. That shell was nevertheless an obstacle to the formal grounding of the new legitimacy in Islam at home and neo-Ottomanism abroad. Erdoğan and his team were determined to remove such vestiges, however, and on September 12, 2010, they succeeded. On that day Turkey’s voters approved, by a large margin, a 26-article package which ended the role of the Army as the guardian of secularism. In 2011 Erdoğan was duly reelected with a substantial majority for a third term. [...]

  • Issue Year: 1/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 83-95
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English