Wire-taps, Scandals, Protests and Turkey's Run-Away Democracy Train
Friday, 31 October, 2014
Turkey joined NATO in 1952 and first began trying to join the European Union in the 1960s. For decades, Turkey was hailed as the Middle East's only Muslim democracy and a staunch Western ally. When the Arab Spring erupted, Turkey was put forward by the Obama administration as a model that Arab states could aspire to − Muslim, democratic and thriving as the world's 16th largest economy. During the past year, however, a number of corruption scandals and accusations of increasing authoritarianism cast a disturbing light on Turkey. Is one of America's staunchest allies drifting away?
Dr. David Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Chair in Middle East Politics at Missouri State University. His work has appeared in journals such as International Affairs, The Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, the Middle East Journal and Ethnopolitics. He is also the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement(Cambridge University Press, 2006 − also translated into Turkish and Persian). He is the editor, along with Mehmet Gurses, of a forthcoming book, Conflict, Democratization and the Kurdish Issue in the Middle East (Palgrave Mamillan). Dr. Romano additionally writes a weekly political column for Rudaw, an Iraqi Kurdish newspaper