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27 Apr, 2017
By Emre Eren Korkmaz

How might the Turkish referendum outcome affect Turkey’s policies towards refugees and migrants?

Turkey’s referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give new powers to the president was held on 16 April. According to the unofficial results, the proposal of the governing party AKP (the Justice and Development Party) and the other right-wing party MHP (the Nationalist Action Party) was approved by 51% of voters. The outcome of this referendum stands to affect not just Turkey’s constitution, but also its policies towards refugees and migrants, both at home and abroad.

The Referendum Process

02 Dec, 2016

Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president illustrates the global ascendance of the political right. Comparisons with Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose rise predates Trump’s by two years, are...
11 Nov, 2016

Deporting ‘illegal’ migrants: an open letter to President-elect Trump

Dear Mr Trump, The American people have voted and they voted for you. Although their choice has no easy explanation, the first analyses suggest that you may have reached an audience that has felt left...
08 Nov, 2016

Why Indians aren't impressed with Theresa May's business offer

Theresa May’s three-day tour of India marks the start of her attempt to secure post-Brexit business with non-EU countries. Yet the message beginning to emanate from the UK government is: Indians, we want your...
27 Oct, 2016

India's slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength

When Narendra Modi was elected as head of India’s BJP government in May 2014, he was expected to usher in a period of stability and development. But midway into his term, he and his party are lurching from one...
12 Aug, 2016

How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind

There are more young people in the world than ever before. While some see the planet’s 3.1 billion under 25-year-olds as a threat, others see the true potential of this demographic dividend. On International...
08 Aug, 2016

The diplomatic implications of the DNC hack

Revelations about the 19,252 emails leaked by WikiLeaks on the eve of the Democratic National Conventions (DNC) in Philadelphia almost derailed the Convention and threatened to undermine the campaign of the...
30 Jun, 2016

First thoughts on this year’s State of the World’s Children

Two big reports are out this week – first, UNICEFs ‘State of the World’s Children’ report, and second (given I write from the UK), the UK’s own annual official statistical report on low incomes within the UK (...
01 Jun, 2016

Mind the gender gap(s): Young Lives evidence on gender and education

The new Young Lives research and policy findings on early marriage and teenage pregnancy launched in India recently have important implications for education, particularly for girls and their access to...
25 May, 2016

Does diplomacy (still) matter?

“States receive so much benefit from uninterrupted foreign negotiations,” Cardinal Richelieu, the founder of the first-ever professional diplomatic service, once argued, but the nature of the much praised “...
30 Mar, 2016

Making research more ‘impactful’ for policy and programming

How social science research contributes to solving real world problems has always been a concern for researchers. Few people study social ills like poverty without wishing to contribute to policies and...

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