Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP-MHP “Republican Alliance” emerged victorious in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdoğan will now assume unprecedented executive powers under the 2017 amendments that come into effect with the new government.

How did Erdoğan secure his win? What are the implications for Turkey’s political landscape? What will this mean for the U.S.-Turkish relationship?


On June 26, 2018, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) hosted a panel discussion featuring:


Henri Barkey
Cohen Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University;
Senior Fellow, Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Nicholas Danforth
Senior Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center

Howard Eissenstat
Associate Professor, St. Lawrence University;
POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow

Lisel Hintz
Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies,
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Gönül Tol
Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute;
Adjunct Professor, George Washington University


Amy Hawthorne
Deputy Director for Research, POMED

June 26, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Event notes and panelist remarks available here.


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