The AKP's Image is Damaged

In Washington, there is a growing consensus that the AKP is changing from a seemingly progressive, pro-European party into a majoritarian, exclusionist one. In an interview with Cumhuriyet reporter Elcin Poyrazlar, Soner Cagaptay argues that the AKP's image has been damaged recently because of its increasingly unilateralist approach in Turkish politics. Cagaptay highlights the growing importance of women in Turkey's democracy and argues that the determining factor in coming months will be their attitude and political standing.

Download the full interview: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/html/pdf/cumhuriyet2008-05-14.pdf

Soner Cagaptay