Turkey: internal turmoil, international concern

The internal stability and political allegiance of Turkey are of great international importance. Its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, took office in August 2014, after 12 years as prime minister. Although he brought economic and political stability to the country and faced down a powerful military establishment which had previously ousted governments in the name of secular values, he is now seeking changes to the constitution to create an executive presidency, and faces accusations of increasing authoritarianism and human rights infringements. A failed military coup in July, and Erdogan’s response in the name of the ‘national will’ have increased tensions within the country where a state of emergency has now been declared. Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, will discuss this explosive situation. Her work focuses on the politics of transnational solidarity, and the ethics and politics of violence. She has published and spoken widely on social and political conditions in Turkey, and is a co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Turkey page.