Kerem Öktem

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.


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.