On 14 May 2023, Turkey will go to the polls in what will be a fateful presidential and parliamentary election. Apart from the crucial domestic political implications, these elections will redefine Turkey’s wider international relations. This project will examine the governing and opposition coalitions' foreign policy programs and visions in order to gain a better understanding of Turkey's international future. Needless to say, Turkey's international future will in return redefine the future of Turkey's domestic political order and democracy. Among other things, the project will examine the following questions: What is the global significance and what are the implications of Turkey's election? What future awaits Turkey's democracy? And what does this mean for the future of democracy globally? How is Turkey’s role in NATO and European security likely to evolve in the new period? What future awaits Turkey’s erstwhile geopolitical balancing policy between Russia and the West, specifically NATO and the US? How is Turkey likely to position itself in the systemic and strategic rivalry between the West, China and Russia?
During my fellowship at IWM, I will study the evolution of the question of order and governance in the Middle East and the impact of this on global governance and liberal international order.