Kerem Öktem explains why the occupation of Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square quickly turned into an enormous eruption of protest; the key factors being increasingly uninhibited neoliberal development, the government’s conservative zeal and a troubled foreign policy.
is Open Society Research Fellow at the European Studies Centre and an Associate Faculty Member at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. His latest book is Angry Nation: Turkey Since 1989 (Zed Books, 2011). He is also co-editor of In the Long Shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Postnationalism with Kalypso Nicolaidis and Othon Anastasakis (Brill, 2009) and Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity with Celia J Kerslake and Philip Robins (Palgrave, 2010). He is the principal researcher of the British Academy-funded project on Contemporary Islam in the Balkans.