Turkey in Turmoil: A Country's Populist Authoritarian Turn

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02/20/2019 - 02/20/2019 | Hamburg

Turkey in Turmoil: A Country's Populist Authoritarian Turn

GIGA Forum - Lectures and discussions

Turkey is a country in turmoil. Once the shining example of “Muslim democracy” in the region, the polity is now cited as a prime case of descent into populist authoritarianism. The 2018 elections not only sealed the state’s transformation into a presidential system but marked a crucial political turning point for President Tayyip Erdoğan’s project of building a “New Turkey.” For his supporters, this vision promises a prosperous country with a strong leader who could discard a century of Kemalism and restore the Turkish imperial grandiose power of former times. Opponents criticise the New Turkey, centred on Erdoğan’s persona, for being Islamist, nationalist, and authoritarian. Meanwhile, Erdoğan is realising his project in a volatile context of growing tension and polarisation within society, a looming economic crisis, as well as sudden outbursts and unexpected rapprochements in foreign affairs.

This GIGA Forum will investigate the roots and routes of Turkey’s authoritarian turn. Hakkı Taş will analyse the domestic dynamics and realignments that sustain the current political system. Roy Karadağ will discuss the European and United States responses to this New Turkey, and the meaning of the country’s authoritarian turn for its relations with the European Union. Finally, Hürcan Aslı Aksoy will address the societal implications of Erdoğan’s New Turkey project and how 16 years of Justice and Development Party rule have affected civil society – in particular, the women’s rights movements.

Panel
Dr. Hakkı Taş is a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies.

Dr. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy holds the Chair for Middle East Politics and Society at the Institute for Political Science of the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg.

Dr. Roy Karadağ is the managing director of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen.

Moderation:
Dr. Christiane Fröhlich is a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies.

Information on participating / attending:
We request that you register for this event. Registration is free.
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Date:

02/20/2019 18:00 - 02/20/2019 19:30

Registration deadline:

02/20/2019

Event venue:

GIGA
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany

Target group:

all interested persons

Email address:

Relevance:

transregional, national

Subject areas:

Politics

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion

Entry:

02/01/2019

Sender/author:

Verena Schweiger

Department:

Fachabteilung Kommunikation

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event62703


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