Ece Temelkuran



Political Thinker and Writer


Ece is a novelist and political thinker whose writings appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times and the New Statesman. She has twice been named as Turkey’s most read woman columnist. In the book “How to Lose a Country” she looks at political events around the world and addresses trends of Authoritarianism. Her work also explores issues that are controversial in Turkey, such as the Kurdish and Armenian struggles and freedom of expression. She was fired in 2011 for criticising the Turkish government and subsequently she moved to Zagreb. She is strongly engaged in democratic issues and known to raise her voice for the oppressed. The project “Letters From Now” is her contribution to a world with strong interpersonal relations, sincere listening and diverse friendships.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Ece was involved in the program “The Future of Democracy“.


“Faith is the only skill that we can depend on in this fight against the extinction of humankind, the planet and hope.“


“Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now”, 2021

“How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship”, 2019

“Women Who Blow on Knots”, 2017

“Turkey: the Insane and the Melancholy”, 2015

“Deep Mountain. Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide”, 2010

Ece Temelkuran on her book "Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now". All the troubles of the planet call for urgent action. Action requires togetherness. But how do we come together at this perilous moment of history? Posted by re:publica, on the program “Any Way the Wind Blows”, 2022.

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