Turkey's Authoritarian Drift

Mustafa Akyol


2015 OFF in Oslo
Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish writer and journalist. At the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum, Akyol argues that efforts to bring Turkey towards an Islamic liberal governance model were reversed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and replaced by a less democratic structure. Akyol describes how the Turkish government has succumbed to a paranoia usually seen in more authoritarian regimes.

About the Speaker

Mustafa Akyol



Turkish journalist and senior fellow at the Cato Institute

Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity. Since 2013, he has been a frequent opinion writer for the New York Times, covering politics and religion in the Muslim world. He has published six books, including “Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance” (2021). In 2021, Prospect Magazine UK listed him among “the world’s top 50 thinkers.” He is a senior visiting fellow at The Freedom Project at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

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