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Tuğba Kaplan [Zaman Daily News], “How Does the World See Turkey?” 


On May 4, 2014, Dr. Jang Ji-Hyang, Research Fellow and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Program, was interviewed in an article in Zaman Daily News on “How Does the World See Turkey?”

Dr. Jang discussed Turkey’s democratization over the past decade. She noted the worrying indications of authoritarianism under Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan in recent years as well as the tensions between representative democracy and majority rule. She concluded by expressing hope that the “Turkish Model” could continue to be a positive model in the region.

(This article is in Turkish)

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Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Essential Guide to the Middle East (Sigongsa 2023 in Korean), The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008) and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.