The Crossroads: Turkey

January 3, 2017
by Samuel George

Turkey has always been at a geographic crossroads – but its current challenges transcend geography.

It’s one thing to steer a government when things are going well. But what happens when the path becomes less clear? What happens when a country faces that fork in the road?

In this latest episode of The Crossroads, Samuel George goes inside Turkey, a country at political, economic and social crossroads. Featuring interviews with influential members of Parliament from Turkey's key political parties, conversations with experts such as Jeffrey Sachs, Vali Nasr and Soner Cagaptay, meetings with small-town opposition mayors, government-affiliated business leaders and more, we report on location from the streets of Istanbul to the Turkish border with Iraq and Syria.

In part 1, we explore the rise of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, focusing on his pillars of support, as well as key turning points as he consolidated power around his AK Party.



The Crossroads Turkey Pt. 1: The Rules of the Game



Turkey may be at an institutional crossroads. Although Erdogan might have relied on a strong economy to pull through turbulence in the past, the Turkish economy may no longer be such a safe bet. In Part 2, we look at emerging fault lines in the Turkish economy.



The Crossroads Turkey Pt. 2: Inside Turkey's Economy



A key stress factor for the Turkish economy has been the spillover effects of fighting in Syria and Iraq. But these are not the only conflicts destabilizing the region. In Part 3, we investigate ongoing strife in the country’s Kurdish southeast, and how it affects Turkey’s economic and political institutions.



The Crossroads Turkey Pt. 3: The Kurdish Question



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