Kültürkampf is a blog on Turkish political culture (the name is an amalgamation of the German Kulturkampf and the Turkish cognate kültür).

There is usually some kind of source material I use to write these posts. It might be a poem one week, a clip of a stand up comedian, or some personal experience. I’ll translate if necessary, then discuss.

I also write political analysis, especially around the 2023 elections.

About me

I’m an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). I have written on Turkish politics for publications such as the New York Times, War on the Rocks, and The Atlantic, and am currently working on a book.

I am also a scholar of political ideas, currently doing a PhD on Nietzsche’s politics at the University of Nottingham.

You can can follow me @SelimKoru

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Political culture in Turkey


Selim Koru

Scholar of political ideas, Turkish politics. Words: NYT, The Atlantic, War on the Rocks

Sam Harshbarger

FPRI research assistant, Princeton Class of 2024. Mostly interested in Russia, Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Müjge Küçükkeleş

Interested in nationalism, humanitarianism, development, citizenship, neoliberalism, Turkish and Kurdish politics. PhD on the operation of humanitarianism and international development in Iraqi Kurdistan.