Corruption has become an instrument of policy and rule in the hands of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), undermining decades of U.S.-Turkish cooperation in the realms of international law enforcement and counter-terrorism. Against this backdrop, the Bipartisan Policy Center has begun a new series examining the causes and consequences of corruption in Turkey and the impact on U.S. interests in the Middle East and the world.
The interactive below seeks to explain the complicated structure of Reza Zarrab’s smuggling enterprise, showing how it operated and why it required the corrupt buy-in of high level Turkish officials.
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