Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

Jul 16, 2019

Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or even the end of the beginning of the end, as Al-Monitor columnist Kadri Gursel has suggested? When the previously unbeatable president pushed for a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election that his party’s candidate,...

The Role of Fear in Turkey’s Elections

Jun 23, 2018

Never mind who’s afraid of President Erdogan — what about his supporters’ fear of life without him? When Turks go to the polls on June 24 — only a little over a year since the controversial referendum that paved the way for a new presidential system of government — the question of...

Turkish Election Call Sparks Fresh Thinking

Apr 25, 2018

President Erdogan’s snap poll reinvigorates Turkish politics in unexpected ways. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a master at outflanking his political opponents. Despite rumors that an early general election would be called, no one expected it to be quite so last minute. On June...

Turkey’s Referendum Poses Questions For Erdogan

Apr 21, 2017

In the hour of his triumph, President Erdogan needs his party’s shadow men more than ever. The referendum result in Turkey­ bore an uncanny resemblance to last year’s result in the Brexit vote and will also mirror it in the fallout. Like the British government, the Turkish administration...

Turkey Needs a New Constitution

Feb 06, 2017

The irony of the proposed Turkish constitutional reforms is that they change little. Real reform has been sidelined in the name of security. Turkey needs a new constitution. Yet despite the claims on both sides of the current debate, the mechanics of the system are changing, but not the system...

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