Washington, D.C. – Blaise Misztal, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) National Security Program, has just returned from Turkey after observing the elections and said on Tuesday that one of the telling signs of the results is the silence from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“Perhaps the best indication of how significant a blow Turkish voters dealt to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime on Sunday is the normally combative and garrulous leader’s continuing silence following the election,” Misztal said.
“Turkey’s election might not have been about foreign policy, but the Erdoğan government’s increasingly Islamist and authoritarian direction at home, which voters soundly rejected, is directly related to the sectarian and destabilizing foreign policy it has pursued. The formation of a new coalition government might present fresh opportunities for the United States to secure greater cooperation for Turkey in the fight against ISIS,” he said.
Misztal’s post-election analysis is available on BPC’s website.
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