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The Transformation of Turkish Political Culture

Chatham House, London


Dr E. Haldun Solmazturk, Academy Turkey Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House


Turkey, originally a second-wave democracy with intermittent military interventions and takeovers over the course of half a century, is showing signs of a reverse wave. The country has seen prolonged domestic political crisis, increased use of force by the police against peaceful demonstrations, tightening controls over the media, and deteriorating domestic and international security environments. The speaker is researching the impact of the increasingly autocratic style of political leadership on political attitudes (versus behaviour) in Turkey. He focuses in particular on whether diverse groups in younger generations are now developing a new ‘democratic’ identity over their former, varied, primary identities. At this event, Dr Solmazturk will summarize the provisional findings of his research and answer questions after which the floor will be opened to discussion and comments. 

Results of this research are expected to be published in spring 2015 and discussions from this expert roundtable will contribute to the final research paper. We believe that this research will greatly benefit from your expertise and hope that you will be able to join us. 


The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.