There is a lot on the line for both Turkey and the United States when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with President Trump this week. Both men are charismatic populists who believe in the power of personal relations. Both believe that international relations — including relations between longtime allies — are fundamentally transactional. But […]
Turkey’s recent referendum, which ended its parliamentary system by transferring all executive powers to the president, has been a source of contention within its borders, as well as outside them. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, along with his government ministers and MPs, led active “Yes” campaigns in an array of […]
Last month, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a constitutional referendum to enhance the powers of the presidency, leading most observers to believe that he will now be able to govern Turkey without any challenges in the foreseeable future. Our research shows that Erdogan’s attempt to dominate Turkish politics is far from unique. Erdogan resembles […]
After years of wrangling for constitutional reform to consolidate his political power, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally get his wish. On Sunday, Turkey will vote on a referendum that seeks to formally switch the governing system from a parliamentary to presidential regime. Nearly all in Turkey agree the current constitution, drafted by the […]
Last month, Turkey’s parliament revoked the seat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag after her conviction on “terrorist propaganda” charges. Still behind bars, she is hardly alone in being targeted by the government. Since the end of a cease-fire between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish state in July 2015, thousands […]
On Jan. 21, the Turkish parliament approved a constitutional amendment that would change the current system of government from parliamentary to presidential. The amendment received well more than the 330 votes in the parliament needed for approval, after a deal between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ultranationalist […]
On Monday, negotiators will reconvene to try to resolve a four-decade standoff on the island of Cyprus. Since 1974, the island has been divided between north and south. Even its capital city of Nicosia is split in two by the “green line” that divides the Republic of Cyprus, which identifies as Greek, from the Turkish […]
The night of July 15 marked a distinct moment in Turkish democratic history as hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets to defy a coup attempt. Yet only a few months later, Turkish police moved to detain scores of members of parliament from pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP. In the months since the failed coup, […]
President Obama pardoned his last turkeys this afternoon. The death row pardon was bestowed upon an Iowan named Tot, who was named the National Thanksgiving Turkey, and his fellow hatchling, Tater. According to the White House, both Tater and Tot are reportedly being sent to Virginia Tech. (Majors are undeclared at this time.) Watch the clip of the pardon here: This was President Obama’s eighth and | Read More »
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