Turkey holds elections on May 14th. For the first time in twenty years, President Erdogan is facing a serious challenge at the ballot box. The opposition has unified behind candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, a 74 year old career politician whose low-key demeanor is a stark contrast to President Erdogan’s bombastic charisma.
As my guest today Dr. Lisel Hintz explains, Turkey’s struggling economy and the fallout from the earthquakes earlier this year are re-shaping the Turkish political landscape. Dr. Lisel Hintz is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. We kick off discussing some of the domestic political dynamics driving this election and then have a discussion about the foreign policy implications of the elections. This includes Turkey’s relationship to NATO, its position on Russia and Ukraine and regional dynamics in the Middle East.
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