As long as NATO appeases Turkey’s authoritarianism, the Alliance’s commitment to human rights and democracy is put in question.
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’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.
Friends before, frenemies now? Sha Lalapet examines the dynamic changes in US-Turkey relations over the years. While the partnership has stood the test of time, will it survive in light of recent events?
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