The Turkey Paradox: Understanding Erdogan [S2, E21]
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Understanding President Erdogan’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria requires a breakdown of Turkey’s politics, internal strife and shifting identity. Ece Temelkuran, renowned Turkish journalist and author of How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, joined Altamar just before the momentous developments. Temelkuran shows how “Erdogan treated an illness in Turkey with another illness,” the origins of his Middle East policies, and why the strongman ruler still needs a popularity boost.

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