BY: ATUL SINGH & ALI DEMIRDAS, NATHANIEL HANDY, TULIN DALOGLU
Making Sense of the Turkish Elections
Erdoğan consolidated power, reshaped Turkey with Islamist agenda, dismantling Atatürk's modern state and European influence.
Atatürk modernized Turkey but kept an authoritarian state. Secular elite dominated, military interfered, coups were common.
Erdoğan emerged, blending Islam with politics. Reversed headscarf ban, embraced Ottoman past, converted Hagia Sophia.
Erdoğan defies expectations, wins with 52%. Turkish people support him as a democratic leader, not a dictator.
Troubling: Turkish voters overlook Erdoğan's poor record and economy concerns. No viable alternative apparent.
Debating Kılıçdaroğlu's failure in Turkey: personality, policy, alliances, record, charisma, and authority explored.
Speakers explore questions on Turkey's future: İmamoğlu's potential, Erdoğan's rule, and Handy's pragmatic perspective.
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