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Turkey Podcast: Can Erdogan Survive the Attacks In and Beyond Istanbul?

Turkey Podcast: Can Erdogan Survive the Attacks In and Beyond Istanbul?
January 03
14:34 2017

PHOTO: Turkish security forces after Sunday’s attack in Istanbul (Osman Orsal/Reuters)


I joined Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the position of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Government following the latest mass killing, the shootings in an Istanbul nightclub early Sunday that killed at least 39 people.

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The discussion, which follows a report by Monocle’s Turkish bureau chief Christopher Lord, assesses Erdoğan’s gamble: can he use his campaign of a War on Terror — against the Islamic State, the Kurdish insurgency PKK, and the movement of che self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen — to not only retain public support but also propel his crackdown on dissent and quest for more powers? Can the President survive not only the challenge of the attacks but also the damage to the Turkish economy?

Listen to package from 7:51, with my interview from 13:13:

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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