Erdogan’s victory in the referendum shows the power of a leader channeling the national interest to take back the state. It is another expression of the populist trend sweeping across the Atlantic and the European continent and positions Erdogan closer to Nigel Farage, Donald Trump or Marine Le Pen than it does to Arab dictators in neighbouring Middle-Eastern countries.
This January, Turkey’s parliament passed a series of constitutional amendments that would drastically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Slated for a national referendum in April, Thomas Lee discusses the potential implications of President Erdoğan’s new powers, and the impact they could have on the future of the country’s democracy, security, and multilateral relations.
Turkey faces repeated terrorist attacks and increasing security threats. What does this mean for NATO’s vital ally in the Middle East and how might President Erdogan answer? Mitchell Haid discusses what may be needed to prevent further destabilization.
Turkey’s behaviour since the failed coup this past summer demonstrates a challenge for NATO in dealing with an important member state. Developments in NATO’s relations with Turkey can provide important insight for how the alliance needs to prepare to deal with uncertainty, especially regarding changes in member state leadership this coming year.
Has the Caucasus region created fertile ground for ISIS recruits? Pierre-Olivier Bussieres examines how dissent has led to radicalization in a complex, vulnerable region.
The Erdogan government has instituted a harsh series of crack downs following the July coup attempt. Carter Vance warns that an attempt to depose a democratic government should not allow it to act undemocratically in response