By David L. Phillips

Under the rule of thumb of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has descended right into a dictatorship, promotes the Islamist schedule, abuses human rights, limits freedom of expression within the press, and wages struggle opposed to the Kurds. whereas Turkey has traditionally been very important geopolitically, it has develop into an outlier in Europe and an doubtful best friend of the United States.

An doubtful best friend is an easy indictment of Erdogan. Drawing on inside of assets in his Justice and improvement get together (AKP) and the police, the publication unearths corruption and funds laundering schemes that benefitted Erdogan, his cronies, and relatives. Erdogan has polarized Turkish society and created stipulations that resulted in the coup try out of July 2016. He has additionally deepened divisions via accusing Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic instructor in Pennsylvania, of building a parallel nation and masterminding the coup try out. Erdogan has seized at the failed coup to justify a witch hunt, arresting millions and ordering the wholesale dismissal of alleged coup sympathizers. instead of foster reconciliation, he pursued vendettas and became Turkey right into a gulag.

An doubtful best friend exposes Turkey’s ties to jihadists in Syria and the Islamic country, wondering its suitability as a NATO member. lower than Erdogan, Turkey faces a dismal destiny that poses a chance to the quarter and internationally.

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