Articles by Ezgi Yildiz

About Ezgi Yildiz

Ezgi Yıldız is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Graduate Institute in Geneva Switzerland. She works on human rights regime in Europe and state violence.

A Discourse that Fuels Violence: AKP and the Culture of Permissiveness Toward Violence against Women in Turkey

Özgecan Aslan’s story was close to the heart. We have all been that girl trying to get home at night in the dark, alone. We are all too familiar with shorter breaths, raised heartbeats and sweaty palms, prompted by an instinct of being in danger. In this very instant, while everything else is tuned out, the unavoidable self-blame sinks in… for being so late, for being the last passenger on a public transport vehicle, for wearing that outfit that makes you noticed. Were these Özgecan’s last thoughts? The brutal murder of a 20-year-old university student, Özgecan Aslan, by three men who attempted to rape h ..

Shifting Centres and Dead-ends: – An Analysis of the Presidential Election in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became the first publicly elected President of Turkey in the history of the Republic, winning 52% of the votes at the presidential elections of August 10. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu, joint candidate of the CHP (secularist, so-called centre-left) and the MHP (nationalist, centre-right), finished second with 38% of the vote. Selahattin Demirtaş of HDP (pro-Kurdish, left) came in third with 9.6% of the votes. August 10 elections illustrated well the conundrum of Turkish politics and the success of Erdoğan’s AKP in shifting the centre of Turkish politics to the right. An evident outcome of this e ..