Turkey’s Elections: An Uncertain Future?
Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Lina Khatib, Senior Research Associate, Arab Reform Initiative; Director, Carnegie Middle East Centre (2013-15)
Jonathan Friedman, Assistant Director, Stroz Friedberg; Associate, Centre for Turkey Studies
Chair: Philippa Thomas, Presenter, BBC World News
On 1 November, Turkey went to the polls in a snap election called by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after June’s election resulted in a hung parliament. In the run-up to that election, President Erdoğan had campaigned for a majority for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) which would enable him to replace the parliamentary government with an executive presidency.
The panel will examine the outcome of the November elections within the context of a stagnating economy, renewed fighting between security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and continued instability in the wider region. The speakers will consider the impact that the election result could have on political stability in Turkey, its foreign policy and its future role in the Middle East.