Erdoğan was nationalist from the beginning - Umut Özkırımlı

Political scientist Umut Özkırımlı, the author of several books including “Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction”, discusses nationalism in Turkey in the wake of its military offensive in Syria.

Özkırımlı, a visiting professor at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull, and a visiting researcher at Barcelona Center for International Studies, says in times of peace Turkey witnesses competing ideas of nationalism, but such differences dissolve when Turkey, ruled by a leader who plays the nationalism card skilfully, faces a crisis like the recent one in Syria.