Background Briefing: May 30, 2021
With Democracy Under Attack Around the World, Could Turkey See the Reversal of That Trend?
We begin with the possible reversal of a global trend in which democracies are undermined by authoritarian leaders who destroy democratic institutions, corrupt the rule of law and install themselves as strongmen leaders. This has happened in Russia and is happening in Hungary and the Philippines and elsewhere. But it seems that Turkey’s wannabe dictator could be an exception to this rule due to a Mafia boss turned whistleblower’s revelations of corruption and criminality among Erdogan’s top cronies which has shaken the country and riveted the population via social media which circumvents Erdogan’s state-controlled media. Joining us for an update on the political disinfectant of truth to power underway in Turkey is Merve Tahiroglu, the Project On Middle East Democracy’s Turkey Program Coordinator who was born and raised in Istanbul and is a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy for 2020-21. We discuss the likelihood that Biden’s meeting with Erdogan at the upcoming NATO summit will be testy since the scandal-plagued leader of a NATO country who is buying Russian military equipment while implicated in drug trafficking and organized crime, does not have his partner in crime Donald Trump protecting him anymore.
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