A divided opposition, politicized judiciary, and compliant media helps ensure Erdogan’s power remains effectively unchallenged.
What does Davutoğlu’s resignation mean for the future of Turkey? How will Erdoğan’s consolidation of power play out in the broader Middle East?
Whether the Syrian Kurds would attend the talks is perhaps most interesting for what it reveals about the relationship among the U.S., Turkey, and Moscow.
Washington and Ankara’s failure to see eye-to-eye will likely hamper attempts in the longer-term both to degrade and destroy ISIS and reach a peaceful transition in Syria.
While President Erdogan would like to purge the party of any elements that are not loyal to his leadership, he doesn’t think that he can win without them.
Under AKP rule, Turkey has been on a downward democratic trajectory, which is poised to continue if the party regains its majority in the upcoming election.
For Erdoğan and his party, which lost its parliamentary majority during the June 7 elections, beheading the pro-Kurdish HDP serves a political purpose.
Because of Erdoğan’s ties to the AKP, critics argue that he is stalling the process in order to force a snap election and maintain the party’s grip on power.
There is reason to believe that Turkey is interested in reversing recent tactical gains made by the Syrian Kurdish forces.