Turkey’s Constitutional Showdown

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Alex Taurel and Shadi Hamid have a CSM op-ed discussing what’s at stake in the upcoming Turkish Supreme Court judgment on the ruling AKP party’s legal status. I agree that a ruling outlawing the extremely popular and effective reformist party would send a horrible message to moderate Islamic parties trying to integrate the democratic process throughout the region. Taurel and Hamid don’t mention it, but it would also come at a very inopportune time, as Turkey is becoming an increasingly active and helpful regional actor. So I hope and imagine that we’re trying to influence the outcome in some way […]


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