Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

April 03, 2019

While the opposition hails the beginning of the end for Turkey’s ruling party, local election setbacks might actually be a blessing in disguise. Just when you thought the ship was steadying, last weekend brought another tumultuous moment in Turkish politics. Local and mayoral elections that...

The Role of Fear in Turkey’s Elections

June 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 Football Has a Message for Erdogan

June 11, 2018

Erdogan’s hope that a snap parliamentary and presidential election would easily secure him another term is in question. Electoral upsets have become the norm. The latest upheaval that swept aside the long-standing president of Fenerbahce SC, the political crown jewel of Turkish football, has...

Erdogan Wants to Be Turkey’s Lone Strongman

May 22, 2018

The Turkish president may get his win next month, but when trouble comes, he'll own it. When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a presidential and parliamentary election on June 24 — jumping the gun by more than a year — the outcome seemed foreordained. After all, Turkey is...

Turkish Election Call Sparks Fresh Thinking

April 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...