The once warm relationship between Turkey’s AKP and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has measurably cooled as geopolitical realities have shifted.
By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.
The end of the coalition between Erdogan and Gülen is a turning point in Turkish politics and Turkish soft power in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Whoever will be the next president of Turkey will have the difficult task of rebuilding trust with the EU. The challenge is linked to Turkey’s foreign and domestic policies.
The crisis of confidence between Gülen and the AKP raises several questions regarding Turkey’s relationship with Central Asia and the Caucasus, where a number of Gülenist schools have developed.
The recent elections mark a new start and a new departure for the Turkish prime minister’s political career. Erdogan has proved that he is still popular, but despite this popularity and this victory, he has a lot of work ahead.
After winning recent local elections, Turkey’s prime minister may opt to lower the political temperature at home in the hope of repairing the country’s frayed relations abroad.
The political battle between the AKP and their former-ally turned competitor Fethullah Gülen has had severe consequences for Turkish democracy.
Turkey’s local elections on March 30 are set to be a contest between two visions of democracy. The outcome will have serious implications for the future of democratic freedoms.
The private struggle between Erdogan and Gülen is overshadowing debate on key issues confronting the country, and is undermining Turkey’s fragile democracy by shutting the Turkish public at home out of the conversation.