NIBS Underground – Jeremy Salt – Turkey in turmoil: Is Erdogan’s bubble about to burst?’

When: Thursday, October 29 at 7:00pm

Where: NIBS

Jeremy Salt, long time expert commentator on the Middle East, will discuss the rise of the AKP since 2011 and the
increasingly authoritarian role of Erdogan in shaping his ‘new Turkey’ – a country radically different from the secular democratic state envisioned by the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal (‘Ataturk’).

Turkey is a country polarised as never before. The dramatic rise of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was finally checked with the elections in June when the government lost its absolute majority in Parliament. New elections will be held in November at which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be seeking the two-thirds majority of parliament needed to change the constitution and create an executive presidency with sweeping powers.

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