Turkey’s constitutional crisis – which nearly led to the banning of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) – is not over yet. Henri Barkey and Ian Lesser argue the country has yet to fully recover, and the AKP needs to implement a set of changes to the party’s hierarchy and political agenda in order to avoid another crisis.
Turkey stepped short of an abyss late last month when, by a very narrow decision, the Constitutional Court declined to outlaw the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Turkey narrowly avoided an unprecedented constitutional crisis on Wednesday when its Constitutional Court refrained from banning the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). In a new commentary, Henri Barkey offers an analysis of court’s decision, outlines the history of the AKP, and assesses the impact of the crisis on Turkey’s political future.
There have been many attempts by the international community to impose order in the Middle East. The reality is that Arab states must themselves overcome divisive ideologies, prioritize common interests, and develop a cooperative political and security architecture if a new regional order is to come to fruition.
France assumed the presidency of the European Union earlier this month as Europe tries to move forward after Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. To better understand where the EU is today and French leadership objectives, the Carnegie Endowment hosted French Ambassador to the United States Pierre Vimont for an in-depth discussion on the future of the EU.
Carnegie's Henri Barkey discusses the democratic setback in Turkey prompted by the indictment of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for allegedly violating the Constitution's principle of secularism - a move that seeks to essentially abolish the party.
Tensions are rising between Turkey and Iraq after the killing of 12 Turkish soldiers by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Sunday. Carnegie's Henri Barkey talks to NPR about the crisis between the two nations.
Carnegie's Henri Barkey discusses the crisis between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party in northen Iraq and argues that the United States missed key opportunities to prevent such a crisis.
The major electoral success of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (JDP) led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges reflection on the experience of Turkish Islamists and the trajectory of the development of their political identity. It further urges study of their role in public life and the ramifications that the Turkish experience may have on Islamist activity in the Arab world.
The ruling party in Turkey won parliamentary elections by a wide margin. Carnegie's Henri Barkey discusses what the election means for Turkey and the United States.