Berna Turam

Berna Turam is professor in the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her books include Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement (2007).

January 2012, Volume 23, Issue 1

Turkey Under the AKP: Are Civil Liberties Safe?

Read the full essay here. In the West, Turkey is considered a model for a secular democracy in the Muslim world, yet the country finds itself mired in a crisis of civil rights and liberties under a third term of the pro-Islamic AKP government. Ironically, while the government maintains a discourse on political reform—including constitutional…