EGF Turkey File, March — May, 2018

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics

Mid-March 2018 — Mid-May 2018

By Ben McPherson, EGF Turkey and Black Sea Regional Analyst

Key Points:

  • Surprise elections send parties, pundits, and markets scrambling
  • President Erdoğan stokes economist fears about his unorthodox views, and control of the economy
  • Snap elections will lead to new presidential system coming online
  • Violence in Gaza creates diplomatic fallout and harsh Erdoğan-Netanyahu barbs
  • Erdoğan is seeking a leadership role in worldwide condemnation of violence in Gaza, while relations with Washington remain strained

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