Problems in the Turkish Polity

Protestor, Harvard Square

Protestor, Harvard Square

It’s too early to tell if anything will come of the recent protests in Turkey.  It’s safe to say the veneer of democracy that Erdogan created over the last decade has been tarnished.  One wonders when authoritarian leaders (especially in the Middle East) will learn the lesson of the Arab Spring.  Perhaps those who remain don’t feel threatened by popular uprisings.  Assad certainly did not believe he needed to consider any meaningful reforms.

Here’s an article describing the potential factors that led to the Turkish turmoil: http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-06-05-oktem-en.html

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