July 21 2020
Ezgi Başaran writes: French political scientist Professor Olivier Roy, who, since the mid-‘90s, has argued that the Islamist project has failed, says Atatürk's secularism won in Turkey. While analyzing President Erdoğan's decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia to a mosque, Roy argues that Erdoğan could not Islamize minds, so he is trying to Islamize stones.
The hybrid nature of Turkey's political regime and the relative lack of economic and democratic stability in the Arab world explains why North African politicians regard the AKP's governance as 'successful'. The party has been presiding over Atatürk's secular country for the past 17 years after all. So what constitutes the AKP's success?
If you are one of those who sees Turkey as part of the problem, I will tell you one thing: Turkey is also the most essential element of the solution. It was only six years ago that Turkey was negotiating a peace deal with the Kurdish movement. Peace seemed possible. I argue that it still is.