Washington, D.C. - The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Turkey Initiative will host a panel to discuss the results of Turkey’s local elections and their significance for relations with the United States on Thursday, April 3 at BPC.
On March 30, amid political turbulence, Turkey will vote in municipal elections. Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erodğan is engaged in a political struggle with his erstwhile allies in the Gülen movement. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Turks have once again taken to the streets to protest his increasing authoritarianism. This election will provide clues about what to expect in Turkey in the near future and set the stage for presidential elections in August and parliamentary elections in 2015. The discussion will build on analysis from the BPC paper, Turkey’s Local Elections: Actors, Factors, and Implications.