Monday, June 8, 2015

A new Turkey... but not one to Erdoğan's liking

by KEREM OKTEM 8 June 2015

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Extract from article:
... the 2011 elections did bring the AKP a resounding success, a third term in government and the opportunity for Erdoğan to run for the first elected presidency. Yet they also marked the pinnacle of power for the party; for after these results, a combination of domestic and international setbacks challenged the AKP's control of events and its ability to think of itself as an "order setter" in its spheres of influence. The revolutions and uprisings in the Arab world removed Turkey's allies in the Middle East from power and saw a decade of soft-power measures and public diplomacy reduced almost to naught.

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