Author(s): David L. Phillips
Under the guideline of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has descended right into a dictatorship, promotes the Islamist time table, abuses human rights, limits freedom of expression within the press, and wages warfare towards the Kurds. While Turkey has traditionally been vital geopolitically, it has grow to be an outlier in Europe and an unsure best friend of the United States. An Uncertain Ally is an easy indictment of Erdogan. Drawing on within assets in his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the police, the ebook unearths corruption and cash laundering schemes that benefitted Erdogan, his cronies, and members of the family. Erdogan has polarized Turkish society and created stipulations that resulted in the coup strive of July 2016. He has additionally deepened divisions via accusing Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic instructor in Pennsylvania, of organising a parallel state and masterminding the coup strive. Erdogan has seized at the failed coup to justify a witch hunt, arresting hundreds and ordering the wholesale dismissal of alleged coup sympathizers. Rather than foster reconciliation, he pursued vendettas and became Turkey right into a gulag. An Uncertain Ally exposes Turkey’s ties to jihadists in Syria and the Islamic State, wondering its suitability as a NATO member. Under Erdogan, Turkey faces a gloomy long term that poses a risk to the area and the world over.