RUSI is hosting a discussion with Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, about his new book on Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the crisis facing modern Turkey.
In a world of rising tensions between Russia and the United States, the Middle East and Europe, Sunnis and Shiites, Islamism and liberalism, Turkey is at the epicentre. And at the heart of Turkey is its populist president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since 2002, Erdoğan has consolidated his hold on domestic politics while using military and diplomatic means to solidify Turkey as a regional power. The crackdown following the failed coup of June 2016 has been firm and wide-ranging, with little of Turkish society left unaffected.
Soner Cagaptay, the author of The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey, will speak about Erdoğan’s roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world and how it has culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey. After some short remarks by the author there will be an opportunity for a full and open discussion with the audience.
This event will be chaired by RUSI Associate Fellow Sir Kevin Tebbit.
Tea and coffee will be served before the event starts from 09.00; all registered guests are welcome to attend this.