Washington, D.C. – Turkey will hold an election on November 1 after June’s parliamentary elections failed to produce either a majority government or a workable coalition. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had promised that victory for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) would lead to a “new Turkey.” Since the last elections, Turkey’s security situation has dramatically deteriorated and despite announcing that it would increase its involvement in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, Turkey is instead devoting its attention and resources to fighting the Kurds.
The Turkey of today looks very different than the Turkey of three years ago or the one promised by the AKP when it was first elected in 2002. Democratization, modernization, peace and prosperity have given way to growing autocracy, conflict and debts. Join us on October 29 for the release of a new Bipartisan Policy Center report, Turkey Transformed: Authoritarianism, Islamization, and the AKP’s Ideological Origins, and a panel discussion about Turkey’s upcoming elections and what they might mean for its future trajectory.
The event is open to the public and press.
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Ambassador Eric Edelman
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Co-chair, BPC’s Turkey Initiative
Dr. Svante Cornell
Associate Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Member, BPC’s Turkey Initiative
Dr. Michael Reynolds
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Former Turkey Correspondent, The Economist
Thursday, October 29, 2015
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005