After a series of steps towards liberalization between 2002 and 2012, Turkey’s AKP government showed its teeth in 2013: it announced plans to build a shopping mall on Gezi Park – one of the last green parts of the inner city of Istanbul. Widespread protests ensued, which were not just about the environment but also […]
Dr. Tilman Lüdke is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute and a country expert on Turkey at the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index. By training he is a scholar on the Modern Middle East and historian. His main research interests are the relations between Germany and the Middle East in historical perspective, political Islam, nationalism in the Middle East and the history of the Cyprus Conflict.