Erdoğan, The New Sultan – Soner Cagaptay on The Crisis of Modern Turkey

Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year, the spotlight is on Turkey and its powerful leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. What plans does Erdogan have for Turkey, a country that rapidly changed from a promising Middle Eastern democracy to a country in crisis? What geopolitical role will Erdogan play in the coming years?

Leading Turkish expert and Turkey-American political scientist Soner Cagaptay will speak in De Balie on the power of Erdogan and the crisis in today’s Turkey. Last month his important book The New Sultan has been published in which Cagaptay gives a complete image of Erdogan: where he comes from in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule in the last years. After Erdogan first came to power as prime minister in 2003, he brought the country economic growth but more and more deeply divided the country with his authoritarian regime. Can we still consider Turkey a democracy? What can we expect from Erdogan in the coming years? And what is needed to bring an end to the crisis of Turkey?

Soner Cagaptay is a Turkey-American political scientist and a leading Turkish expert worldwide. He is the director of the Turkish Research program and the Washington Institute for Near East policy. He has written extensively on Turkish politics, Turkish nationalism and U.S.-Turkish relations for, among others, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The New York Times. Cagaptay has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest and most influential English-language paper, and appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC, and CNN-Turk.

After his lecture about his book we will speak with him and Gulsah Ercetin, News editor Foreign Desk for the NOS, about the situation in Turkey.

Moderator: Katinka Baehr

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