Reason to Hope? Turkey’s Elections Under State of Emergency


Turkey’s snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, 2018, will take place under a state of emergency and will bring in a new presidential system whatever the outcome, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question-and-answer document. The document looks at the context in which the elections are taking place, the impact of the changes to the electoral law, and the implications of the new constitutional arrangements.

On June 24, Turkish voters will go to the polls to select the first president and parliament to be elected under the constitutional reforms of 2016. With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poised to assume even greater powers if he wins, these elections have been described as Turkey’s last off-ramp before dictatorship. While some observers remain optimistic about the possibility of a surprise opposition victory, others fear that a contested or stolen vote could end in protests and violence.

With the stakes higher than ever, please join us for an expert panel on Tuesday June 26 that will discuss the results of Turkey’s elections as well as their implications for the future of Turkish democracy and for the U.S.-Turkish relationship.

Henri Barkey  | Cohen Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University; Senior Fellow, Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Nicholas Danforth |  Senior Policy Analyst, BPC

Howard Eissenstat | Associate Professor, St. Lawrence University; POMED Nonresident Fellow

Lisel Hintz | Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins

Gönül Tol | Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute; Adjunct Professor, George Washington University

Moderated by:

Amy Hawthorne | Deputy Director for Research, POMED

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

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