How effective will Erdogan be as Turkey’s new President?

How effective will Erdogan be as Turkey’s new President?

The future of Turkey depends not only on Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions but also strategies of the opposition parties, which have proven to be ineffective so far. Turkey’s first direct presidential election results were no surprise. But despite his success by a narrow margin of 51.8 %, Erdogan did not achieve the outcome he would […]

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Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

By SEBNEM KALEMLI-OZCAN The following is the transcript of the talk presented by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, at Rethink Institute’s Energy, Trade, and Development Forum at 2014 Turkic American Convention, April 9, 2014, Washington DC. Copyright by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan ***     I would like begin by reminding you […]

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The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

The United States was one of the first countries that recognized Kyrgyzstan’s independence. In fact, the U.S. was the first country that opened its embassy in Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan – on December 25, 1991. It is a well-known fact that Kyrgyzstan, like all of the Central Asian countries, underwent a difficult task […]

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Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

Rethink Institute held a panel discussion on January 16, 2014, on the wide-ranging corruption inquiry  launched in Turkey on December 17, 2013. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis thanks to a series of questionable moves by the government. Since then, thousands of police officers and bureaucrats have been reassigned. The government claims that […]

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