Halil M. Karaveli, Editor, Turkey Analyst; Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute/Silk Road Studies Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.
Cenk Sidar, CEO, Sidar Global Advisors
Alan Makovsky, former Senior Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Svante E. Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute/Silk Road Studies Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.
Wednesday, January 15, 5-7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., the Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and light refreshments, 5-5:30 p.m., precede the actual program.
Following mass protests last summer and a damaging corruption scandal in December, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s hold on power is much weaker than it would have appeared a year ago. In fact, a serious rift within the ruling Islamic conservative movement has developed over the past two years. While seeking to increase his personal power, Mr. Erdoğan has grown more authoritarian, alienating important elements of his coalition, including President Abdullah Gül and the influential movement led by U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen. This formerly subdued rift is now very public and increasingly ferocious. The growing conflict within the Islamic conservative base raises the question whether Mr. Erdoğan will be able to hold on to power very long. And if not, how would a post-Erdoğan Turkey look? What would it mean for U.S. interests?
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