Young Professionals: Erdogan, The Region, The Coup & The Nation

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World Affairs Council of Greater Houston says
With relatively stable governments and a dynamic economy for the last decade or more, many saw Turkey as an ideal model for other nations in the region. Former Prime Minister and now President Erdogan has been praised by some analysts for Turkey’s notable successes. But others claim that he: oversteps his authority; is encouraging Islamization of this notably secular nation; and is disproportionate in his response to those who question his policies.

Following this summer’s failed coup, Erdogan’s consolidation of power intensified with the dismissal or jailing of thousands of judges, political figures, journalists and members of the military and the police. And Turkey’s approach to Iraq and the civil war in Syria has recently troubled some of its NATO allies who are concerned that Erdogan is more interested in suppressing the Kurds than defeating ISIS. Who was actually behind the coup attempt? What role will Turkey take in the region? And what is the future of Erdogan and the opposition in the years to come?

Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. In addition to his teaching and researching at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Ciddi authors scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy. He also participates in media appearances. Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom. He was previously an instructor at Sabanci University from 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution from 2007-2008. Distinct from his articles and opinion editorials, Ciddi’s book, Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People’s Party: Secularism and Nationalism focuses on the electoral weakness of the Republican People’s Party. From 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida’s Center for European Studies.
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By: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

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