Main stream media narratives misconstrue Turkey’s political system and the leadership of the country by denigrating the Turkish democracy, painting an image of an authoritarian state that stands in contradiction with Western norms. There are also other narratives, which denigrated Turkey’s economic success story by building an image of a country in crisis, and instilling fear and panic among investors and the business community.

This report examines the development of the electoral system in Russia, with particular emphasis on the election culture since the establishment of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the recent 2018 elections. It analyses changes during six administrations (Lenin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin) and explores the role each have played in moulding the constitutional and legal system in order to gain power and become the leader of their time.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch together with the internationally recognised opposition group in Syria, Free Syrian Army, to clear terrorist groups from its borders, namely the PYD/YPG.

Syria has always been among the top stories for TRT World. The Research Centre brings more depth to the Syrian War by this recent work. The report aims to highlight the central aspects of the ongoing war in Syria which has been laying waste to the country.