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...

Has Turkey Had Enough of Erdogan?

May 16, 2018

The excitement over a viral Twitter campaign obscures deeper realities upon which Erdogan’s power rests in Turkey. In a speech on May 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “If one day our nation says ‘enough,’ only then will we step aside.” It may have seemed innocuous, but...

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...

Erdogan’s Rising Hegemony in Turkey

November 05, 2015

In the Turkish elections, President Erdogan passed another critical threshold on his political journey. When the results of June’s parliamentary elections necessitated a coalition to form a government in Turkey, most analysts accurately predicted that this wouldn’t happen and that President...