Written by: Korsan CEVDET

Originally Posted on Sigma Turkey (no longer available) on 13 February 2020

Twitter: @KorsanCevdet

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Photo by Ibrahim Boran on Unsplash

While economic indicators from the United States are generally positive, there are a number of stress points that are negatively impacting key emerging and developed markets. Amongst the most significant cause of this instability is President Trump’s America First Policy which has resulted in a trade war with China and soured economic relations with traditionally US friendly states, such as Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom (UK). This has stifled global trade and production, and damaged consumer confidence. The global…

Cevdet writes: Ordinary citizens proved to be the engine that drives the global economy; not tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy.

@KorsanCevdet, 16 December 2020

İstiklal Caddesi, İstanbul, Turkey (Photo by Özgür ÜNAL on Unsplash)

COVID-19 triggered systemic disruptions that turned our lives upside-down. National lockdowns were supposed to mitigate the pandemic’s risks, but triggered the worst economic crisis of modern times. So, what has 2020 taught us? Well, we can confidently conclude that the Consumer is King. Ordinary citizens proved to be the engine that drives the global economy; not tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. Taxation must be graduated, fair and not burdensome — particularly for working, middle class families…

Cevdet writes: Turkish policy makers must focus on economic fundamentals and apply strict fiscal discipline to facilitate economic resilience and locally-driven growth.

@KorsanCevdet, 29 November 2020

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Over the past twenty years, Turkey developed key areas of its economy, including its transportation infrastructure to facilitate growth through higher volumes of efficient domestic and international trade. With a young, well-educated population and strategically-developing high-tech industries, including an organically growing, local military industrial complex, an electric vehicle production capacity, and clean air technologies, Turkey’s economy has come a long way. Economic challenges have, however, recently resurfaced and require immediate attention.



OPINION: The Prudence of Taksim and a Two-State Solution

Cevdet writes: Just because people have a number of commonalities, does not mean that they will be able to align or conjoin politically.

21 November 2020


November 15, 2020 marked the 37th anniversary of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (TRNC or Turkish Cyprus) unilateral declaration of independence (UDI). This year’s celebrations had greater vigour as Ersin Tatar, the National Unity Party’s former leader and prime minster was recently elected President of Turkish Cyprus on a campaign that advocated a two-state solution and closer ties with Turkey. Like most Turks…

Cevdet writes: For everyone but Donald Trump, the election campaign is over. President-elect Biden’s monumental tasks await his inauguration. But, will a divided US be able to come together to make valuable and meaningful change in a volatile environment? Time will only tell.

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9 November 2020


It took a very long four days following the US presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to emerge as President-elect. Incumbent Donald J. Trump has still not accepted defeat, but the results are clear, and there is no doubt that Trump lost. Contrary to pollsters, this was…

Either way, the next four years will be challenging for an ageing president in a volatile era. Korsan Cevdet writes.

Washington D.C., United States of America

3 November 2020


In the United States of America, presidential elections are held every four years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Today, November 3, 2020, is that day. Republican President Donald John Trump (age 74) is running for re-election against former two-term Democratic Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (age 77). Similar to 2016, this race is too close to call. Although Biden is ahead in the polls, albeit marginally in some, Trump has been…

OPINION: Turkish Cyprus: Presidential Elections and More

My hypothesis is a Tatar — Erhürman or Akıncı final ballot to be held next week in which Tatar becomes the next president of Turkish Cyprus. Korsan Cevdet writes.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

11 October 2020


Today is election day in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cyprus). Presidential elections are held every five years on the island’s north, however, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year’s elections were postponed from the 26th of April to the 11th of October 2020. If a candidate cannot garner more than 50 percent of the popular vote, then a second round will be held on the 18th…

Korsan Cevdet

Korsan Cevdet writes op-eds on politics, international relations, and global political economy. Cevdet holds a MA in Poli Sci and an MBA. Tweets @KorsanCevdet.

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