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4 Critical Issues to Watch in Turkey Following Local Elections

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog April 30, 2014

Turkey’s March 30 local election, with the ruling Justice and Development Party earning 45.5 percent of the vote, revealed a country deeply divided. How Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan interprets these results will determine how he approaches the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections and whether he pursues a policy of conflict or compromise: continuing the repressive practices that characterized the lead-up to the local elections or abandoning them now that he’s secured his party’s rule.

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The Separation of Powers in Turkey: Erdoğan vs. the Judiciary

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog April 21, 2014

In recent months, Turkey’s embattled government, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has taken extreme measures to combat allegations of corruption. He has adopted several pieces of legislation to expand the power of the executive. These laws undermine the separation of powers and rule of law in Turkey. Although Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled to overturn several articles of the law restructuring Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, scoring a small victory for checks and balances, the government’s response suggests it is unlikely to abandon its attempts to tame the judiciary.

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Results and Implications of Turkey’s Local Elections

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog April 8, 2014

Jessica Atlas contributed to this post Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a better-than-expected result and substantial victory in the March 30 local elections. But the outcome of this contest, which selected municipal leaders, neither reveals the broad…

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More Turmoil Ahead for Turkey

Svante Cornell, Blaise Misztal / Blog March 28, 2014

After a decade of stability, Turkey is experiencing serious unrest. Two political conflicts are brewing—one popular, one elite. At the center of both, stands the increasingly authoritarian, and Twitter-banning, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Voters will weigh in on March…

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Political Corruption Scandal Spreads in Turkey

Jessica Michek, Blaise Misztal / Blog March 6, 2014

Preston Feinberg contributed to this post. Turkey is engulfed in a political struggle. On December 17, 2013, more than 50 people—including important businessmen and sons of government ministers—were arrested on charges of widespread and far-reaching corruption. Ever since, the government…

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Twitter’s Growing Partisan Community

Blog / Blog February 24, 2014

There is a burgeoning hub for polarizing partisan politics. And no, this isn’t a reference to House of Cards. Our divided politics extends beyond the Beltway (both real and fictional) and into the very networks we use to gather and…

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