Turkey’s Transformation

  • Research

    Will Green Activism Save Turkey’s Democracy?

    In Turkey, green protests can go beyond environmental issues and include demands for more inclusive and transparent governance. But while climate activism can help keep the opposition alive, the country’s democratic future is still in question.

  • Commentary

    Why Turkey Is Imperiling NATO Enlargement

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s negative stance toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO jeopardizes further enlargement of the alliance amid great geopolitical insecurity. Breaking this stalemate will require a compromise from all sides.

  • Commentary

    Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?

    Clashes between Turkey and the PKK have recently intensified. By ramping up confrontation with the Kurdish armed movement in Syria and Iraq, Turkish President Erdogan is likely to improve his chances of reelection in 2023.

  • Commentary

    Two Turkey Experts on Why Erdoğan Is Rejecting NATO Expansion

    The move to block Finland’s and Sweden’s bids threatens the relationship between Ankara and the West.

  • Commentary

    European “Lessons” for Turkey

    Recent elections in Europe may provide Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan with useful examples on how to undermine the integrity of the country’s democratic processes. These include the use of disinformation, media blackouts, and state resources to advantage the incumbent party.

  • Commentary

    Turkey’s Response to the War in Ukraine

    Given Turkey’s fears of Russian aggression, as well as the opportunity the invasion provides for Ankara to reassert itself as a diplomatic heavyweight, Erdogan’s motives to play intermediary between Kyiv and Moscow are clear. However, the odds of success in these negotiations are mixed at best.

  • Event

    Erdoğan’s Turkey Explained

    Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has overseen a radical transformation of the country. The panelists will analyze the political trajectory of Erdoğan’s regime, discuss the current state of affairs, and look ahead to Turkey’s 2023 presidential election.

  • Commentary

    Turkey, Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Russia

    Turkish President Erdogan has long played Russia and Ukraine against each other, squeezing out the best deal for himself. However, as the fighting intensifies and the West ratchets up the pressure on Vladimir Putin, Ankara is under pressure to finally pick a side.

  • Research

    Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West

    Since coming to power in 2002 Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen a radical transformation of Turkey. Once a pillar of the Western alliance, the country has embarked on a militaristic foreign policy, and its democracy, sustained by the aspiration to join the European Union, has given way to one-man rule.

    • January 04, 2022
    • France24
    Sinan Ülgen
    Erdogan’s Gamble: What’s Behind Turkey’s Soaring Inflation?
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    • April 23, 2021
    • The World
    Thomas de Waal
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    • April 07, 2021
    • Ahval News
    Marc Pierini
    EU Expects Turkey to Improve Rule of Law and Human Rights
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