Ece Temelkuran

Journalist & Political Commentator

Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey’s best-known journalists and political commentators. “The most read political columnist” in Turkey, she graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1995. She has been a journalist since 1993 and has been writing political columns for almost two decades. Her investigative journalism books broach subjects that are highly controversial in Turkey, such as Kurdish and Armenian issues, the women’s movement, and political prisoners. Her articles have been published on international media outlets such as Nawaat, New Left Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Global Voices Advocacy, Al Akhbar, New Statesman and the Guardian.


The Geography of Thought

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Globalization suggests that we humans are all internationalists, who think similarly and are only cosmetically affected by geography. But is this true? How does geography influence thought and ideas? Do people from different cultures think differently? How much of “home” is there in great art and great creativity? Is there a distinct European, Asia, American, […]


The World in 2025

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2025 is not that far off. Six years in fact. Now think about the changes that have happened in the past six years? Back then Donald Trump was an estate agent and  reality TV star, frequently bankrupt, with a weakness for wives. Brexit was a glint in the eye of radical English nationalists.  ISIS had […]


New Cold War: The Era of Democratic Despots?

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The US is now in a trade war with China. India and Pakistan are squaring off in Kashmir. In Syria and Yemen a proxy war is being fought between Iran, backed by Russia and China, and Saudi Arabia, backed by America. Meanwhile in Africa, China is out-spending the USA to gain future influence. In Venezuela, […]


How to Lose A Country: a few short steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

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At first it happens slowly, and then very quickly. How do stable countries become unstable? Ece Temelkuran witnessed how democracy in her home country Turkey has become progressively weaker. Her book How To Lose A Country has become an international phenomenon. Join her and the FT’s political editor Robert Shrimsley and the brilliant American writer […]