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Reversal of Fortune is the alchemy of dictatorship, greed and the vulnerability of democracy through the eyes of academics, politicians and exiled Turkish people, who are fighting to preserve their once thriving and progressive country.

July 14, 2020

On July 9, Turkey’s Court of Cassation decided to void a 1934 cabinet decision designating Hagia Sophia as a museum.

Erdogan, the lobbyist

The high court’s decision followed an intense campaign by the office of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert the nearly 1,500-y...

July 14, 2020

Turkey’s president seems focused on cementing his legacy and boosting his popularity with voters, but the move is more likely to damage the country’s international brand.

On July 9, Turkey’s Council of State decided to void a 1934 cabinet decision designating Hagia Soph...

Soner Cagaptay is an American political scientist of Turkish descent and the author of several books on modern Turkey and its strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, most recently of the critically acclaimed “Erdogan’s Empire.” (His books are published in Greece by S...

Ο Σόνερ Σαγκαπτάι είναι Αμερικανός πολιτικός επιστήμονας τουρκικής καταγωγής, συγγραφέας βιβλίων για την επίδραση της πολιτικής Ερντογάν στην Τουρκία. Τα βιβλία του κυκλοφορούν στην Ελλάδα από τις εκδόσεις Σιδέρη και τις εκδόσεις Πεδίο, ενώ το πιο πρόσφατο έχει τίτλο «...

Ankara's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak has left Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan falling behind the wheel, also revealing competition among advisors inside his presidential palace (known as Saray in Turkish) in Ankara. Meanwhile, popular initiatives to battle...

Президентът Реджеп Ердоган отдавна вече не може да оправдава проблемите на Турция с грешките на предшествениците си. Концентрацията на власт го прави все по-неефективен, а управлението му изглежда се изражда в боричкания между дворцови клики, сочи в интервю за предаван...

Ο Σόνερ Σαγκαπτάι, συγγραφέας βιβλίων για τον Ερντογάν, είναι επικεφαλής του Turkey Research Program στο Washington Institute, που ειδικεύεται σε ζητήματα ασφαλείας στη Μέση Ανατολή. Τα βιβλία του κ. Σαγκαπτάι κυκλοφορούν και στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Πεδίο και τις...

April 22, 2020

There was a time when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — whether you liked him or not — represented change. He stood for a forward-looking vision for the country, suggesting that he could navigate the most pressing challenges, from the Kurdish issue to corruption, to economic mism...

As of April 16, Turkey’s government had reported over 74,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,643 deaths. Thanks to the advancement of healthcare services under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s mortality rate stands relatively low at around 2 percent, comparable...

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Soner Cagaptay