Turkey’s Authoritarian Drift

Mustafa Akyol

Turkish writer and journalist Mustafa Akyol argues that efforts to bring Turkey towards an Islamic liberal governance model were reversed by President 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. Such paranoia has endangered press freedom, eroded the democratic process, and put Turkey on a track to become more like Russia than the EU.

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