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History Prof. Takes Part in D.C. Panel Discussion on Turkey

Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and Turkish affairs expert, took part on Jan. 24 in the Middle East Institute’s panel discussion on “What does 2018 have in store for Turkey?”

Turkey began 2018 embroiled in domestic dissent and diplomatic friction. Last April’s constitutional referendum was met with widespread criticism as an attempt by President Erdogan to consolidate power. Activists and journalists face increasing restrictions on their rights, the government continues its crackdown on the opposition, and debates swirl over the future of Turkey’s economy, the Kurdish question, and relations with the United States and European Union. These various issues are coming to a head in advance of 2019’s presidential election.

What is the opposition's strategy to challenge Erdogan and how is he anticipated to respond?  If Turkey’s economy worsens, will he call for early elections to improve his chances of victory? And what will be the implications of Erdogan's 2019 strategy for the country's foreign policy?

Eissenstat was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times on U.S. Turkish relations.

In December, Eissenstat, a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on Middle East Democracy think tank, wrote a column for POMED, titled “Uneasy Rests the Crown: Erdoğan and ‘Revolutionary Security’ in Turkey.”

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