Ümit Cizre


Ümit Cizre is professor of politics and founder and former director of the Center for Modern Turkish Studies at Istanbul Sehir University. Her latest book is The Turkish AK Party and Its Leader: Criticism, Opposition and Dissent (Routledge). She currently resides in Virginia.

Articles by this Author
Leadership Gone Awry

In representative democracies, elections allow the peaceful replacement of leaders, infuse government with new blood, legitimize both winners and losers, and restore public faith in democracy. More importantly, “the people’s voice...

Turkey in a Tailspin

The epic blunder of the military coup attempt on July 15 has sent Turkey into a tailspin. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the prime minister and cabinet, the parliament, the top military brass, the intelligence community and the police all became...

Fear and Loathing in Turkey

Shortly after the failed coup attempt of July 16, 2016 in Turkey, I received a frantic text message from a lifelong friend, Lale Kemal. Lale is a prominent freelance journalist with an impeccable 37-year record of non-partisan reporting and...