Turkey is one of the more fascinating countries in the world: their economic dominance and rising stature in the international world is often juxtaposed with the perceived autocratic nature of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This article does an interesting job of breaking down the history of his rise and examining how he has surpassed the decades of military rule.
I had an interesting debate with a colleague today around the direction of Turkey. It’s better than it was, but is it moving in the right direction? I would argue that it is. There are undeniable setbacks, but a Turkey under democratic rule (albeit not fully liberal) is better than one under military rule. The EU also remains a beacon for Turkey – a motivator to compel action.
Erdogan is far from perfect, but he has fundamentally changed Turkey for the better. I think this point will become even more clear as time passes.