After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace last week. Shortly after their meeting, news broke that the AKP would have an extraordinary congress on May 22 to choose a new party chair, and that Davutoğlu would not seek reelection to his post. Turkish citizens, who are used to military takeovers, have now witnessed their country’s first “palace coup.” What does Davutoğlu’s resignation mean for the future of Turkey? How will Erdoğan’s consolidation of power play out in an uncertain Turkey and the broader Middle East?
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a timely conversation with Aykan Erdemir, Alan Makovsky, Gönül Tol, and John Hannah.
Dr. Aykan Erdemir
Senior Fellow, FDD
Former Member, Turkish Parliament
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Former Senior Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Dr. Gönül Tol
Founding Director, The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies
Adjust Professor, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies
Senior Counselor, FDD
Former Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President