The Uncertain Path of the ‘New Turkey’

After a turbulent year both on the domestic  and regional levels and on the eve of crucial  parliamentary elections, it seems that Turkey’s  ‘success story’ has waned. The Justice and  Development Party (AKP), led by Recep Tayyip  Erdogan, has been the main actor of this success  story. The ‘AKP era’ has witnessed profound  transformations in Turkey’s politics, society and  economy.

Today Turkey is a more dynamic  and developed country than it was at the beginning of the 2000s. At the regional level, it has been able to  become one of the most influential players in the  Middle East. The AKP can also take credit for bringing  the country closer to the goal of European Union  accession, starting negotiations at the end of 2005.  However, this bright picture does not entirely fit the  current situation.

The report aims at analysing the  main features and changes Turkey witnessed in the  ‘AKP era’ as well as the reasons for the reversing path  it has been experiencing on both the domestic and  regional levels in the last few years. The aim is to  understand whether this means the conclusion of the  successful cycle or a turning point towards a new, but  uncertain, era.

Edited by Valeria Talbot, ISPI