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The volatile situation in Turkey: what does it mean?

July 22, 2016 - Expert on Turkey: Martin Bunton, acting director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
After the failed coup in Turkey President Erdogan has embarked on a comprehensive campaign to consolidate his power and to silence domestic opposition. There are widespread concerns about what these measures mean for the fate of Turkish democracy and Turkey's role in the international community. What effects could the developments in Turkey have for the Arab world and especially for Syria and the war against ISIS? And what could this mean for Europe? 
"This situation has huge implications for the war against ISIS, the civil war in Syria, and the flow of refugees. It's going to risk destabilizing the region even more." says professor Martin Bunton, an expert in the field of modern Middle Eastern history.
Martin Bunton is the acting director of the Centre for Global Studies and Professor in History at the University of Victoria. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Brexit: The Plunge into Uncertainty

June 24, 2016 - by Oliver Schmidtke, director of the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

The decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union is one of those stunning turns in history that leave observers in a state of disbelief. The chock that was palpable in commentators' first reactions to the Brexit decision reflects how challenging it is to come to terms with this new reality. First, leading up to the referendum the consensus among the chattering class was that a vote in favor of Brexit could be avoided by a last minute surge in support for the Remain Campaign (in particular after the murder of Jo Cox last week). Watching the BBC live coverage of the referendum it quickly became apparent how the political elite, the business community and the media had misread the political pulse of the country. Second, as a commentator one feels almost overwhelmed trying to grasp the enormous implications of the Brexit vote in the UK, in Europe and even globally.

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