The Erdogan Era in Turkey and Its Legacy
Soner Cagaptay, The Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC
Tue, 3/15 · 12:00 pm—1:00 pm · Zoom
Institute for Transregional Studies, NES
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for nearly two decades. An inventor of nativist populist politics in the twenty-first century, Erdogan knows how to polarize the electorate to boost his base, and how to wield oppressive tactics when polarization alone cannot win elections. But he faces a number of challenges. His dwindling support base at home, coupled with rising opposition, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Turkey’s weak economy appear to threaten his grip on power. How will he react? In this discussion of his newest book, A Sultan in Autumn, Soner Cagaptay offers insights on the next phase of Erdogan’s rule.