History Prof. Writes Op-Ed for Reuters on Coup Anniversary

Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and an expert in Turkish affairs, wrote an opinion piece that was featured in Reuters on the one-year anniversary of the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

In it, Eissenstat argues that had the coup succeeded, Turkey would have almost certainly fallen into civil war between President Erdogan and loyalists and the new military regime. Instead, Turkey now is “stumbling toward something approaching dictatorship.”

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Recently, Eissenstat was also interviewed by The New York Times and The Economist regarding the large protests in Turkey that have come to be known as the “March for Justice.”

Eissenstat is a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on Middle East Democracy think tank, or POMED.