About William Gourlay

William Gourlay is a researcher at the Middle East Studies Forum in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. He is also completing a PhD, looking at Kurdish identity and citizenship at Monash University.

Iran

Electoral victories for Rouhani – is Iran set for reform?

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Rather than a portent for reform, Iran’s recent election results could reflect broader divisions in the country Results in Iran’s general elections of 26 February were swiftly hailed as a victory for President Hassan Rouhani. The success of Rouhani’s centrist and reform-inclined ‘list of hope’ in the parliament was mirrored by the election of a […]

Turkey

Turkey votes for ‘stability’

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There are disturbing signs that the latest electoral victory for President Erdoğan’s party could result in the entrenchment of an authoritarian regime. WILLIAM GOURLAY looks at the lead-up to the 1 November elections, and the aftermath. The general election in Turkey on 1 November surprised pundits and politicians alike when the Justice and Development Party […]