Erdogan Is Lashing Out Because He’s Vulnerable

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a joint press briefing, Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).
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At the heart of Turkey’s cycles of escalation against real or imagined enemies at home and abroad are two core dynamics eroding the power structures Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used to dominate Turkish politics for 20 years: economic mismanagement and the accelerating fragmentation of Erdogan’s electoral coalition.


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