In the aftermath of Turkey’s April presidential referendum, many commentators declared the end of Turkish democracy. More recently, a much publicized attack by Turkish presidential bodyguards on protesters in Washington brought home to many Americans just how brutal Erdogan’s government…
There is little indication that there will be any shift in the balance of support between the AKP and other parties, barring a change in Turkey’s demographics.
Will this election stabilize Turkey? What does this election mean for Turkey’s regional posture, and what kind of partner will it be for the U.S.?
President Erdoğan’s “new Turkey” has come to mean something other than the consolidated democracy his party promised.
Democratization, modernization, peace and prosperity have given way to growing autocracy, conflict and debts.
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.
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.
BPC hosted a discussion of the Turkish election and its impact on the Kurdish issue both in Turkey and the larger region.