Failed Coup Is a Victory for Erdogan, but Not for Turkey’s Democracy

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Failed Coup Is a Victory for Erdogan, but Not for Turkey’s Democracy

By: Ellen Laipson

Turkey’s elected government survived last weekend’s failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but there’s no reason to think that Turkey’s democracy will be strengthened by the outcome. Erdogan is responding to the threat by rounding up all his enemies, real and imagined, and pushing for new powers that will set back Turkey’s reputation, its economy and its capacity to be a constructive leader in the region. Erdogan has won, but Turkey has lost.

Read the full article at World Politics Review here


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