Turkey is sliding deeper into turmoil fighting a two-front war: against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and against Islamic State militants in Syria. At the same time, it is struggling to cope with the inflow of migrants through the porous border with its troubled neighbour. After the ruling AK Party failed to form a coalition following the elections in June, President Erdogan is hoping that his party will succeed in regaining its absolute majority in the upcoming elections on 1st November, allowing him to change the constitution and to extend his presidential powers.
At our upcoming event just over a week after the elections we will focus on the outcome, its short and long-term implications for Turkey’s domestic politics, and in particular discuss the conflict with the PKK with its implications on resolving the Kurdish question in Turkey and in the region, as they are crucial for Turkey's relations with the EU, NATO, Russia and the country’s future role in the region.
Haldun Solmazturk, who has spoken at YPFP events before, is a Senior Fellow at Chatham House, and has extensive experience in multinational conventional and unconventional operations and strategic operational planning at NATO. He specializes in political culture, political-psychology, psycho-sociology and democratization. His research project explores the impact of insecurity on young people in Turkey and the transformation of political culture.
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