By David L. Phillips
Under the rule of thumb of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has descended right into a dictatorship, promotes the Islamist time table, abuses human rights, limits freedom of expression within the press, and wages warfare opposed to the Kurds. whereas Turkey has traditionally been vital geopolitically, it has turn into an outlier in Europe and an doubtful best friend of the United States.
An doubtful best friend is an easy indictment of Erdogan. Drawing on within assets in his Justice and improvement get together (AKP) and the police, the publication finds corruption and funds laundering schemes that benefitted Erdogan, his cronies, and kinfolk. Erdogan has polarized Turkish society and created stipulations that resulted in the coup test of July 2016. He has additionally deepened divisions via accusing Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic instructor in Pennsylvania, of creating a parallel nation and masterminding the coup try. Erdogan has seized at the failed coup to justify a witch hunt, arresting millions and ordering the wholesale dismissal of alleged coup sympathizers. instead of foster reconciliation, he pursued vendettas and grew to become Turkey right into a gulag.
An doubtful best friend exposes Turkey’s ties to jihadists in Syria and the Islamic kingdom, wondering its suitability as a NATO member. less than Erdogan, Turkey faces a depressing destiny that poses a chance to the area and internationally.
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An Uncertain Ally: Turkey under Erdogan's Dictatorship by David L. Phillips