Turkey's Next President: The Selection and "Election" of Abdullah Gul

May 08, 2007 // 10:00am12:00pm

The Justice and Development Party (AKP), the governing party in Turkey, choose Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as its presidential candidate. This ends months of speculation on whether Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan, whose possible candidacy for the post provoked strong protest and subtle warnings from the military. The 550 member Parliament will begin several rounds of voting on Friday to elect the 11th President of Turkey, for a seven year term.

What was the rationale behind the move to Abdullah Gul? Would the decision resolve the issue between the country's secular and Islamist camps? How will this affect relations with the US and the EU?


Dr. Henri Barkey, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
Rusen Cakir Washington correspondent for the daily Vatan
Yasemin Congar, Washington correspondent for Milliyet and CNN-TURK

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
10:30 am – 12:00 p.m.
5th Floor Conference Room

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

Wilson Center Photo Gallery

Browse or share photos from the Wilson Center’s events.

To Attend an Event

Unless otherwise noted:

Meetings listed on this page are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required unless otherwise noted. All meetings take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Please see map and directions. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry.

To confirm time and place, contact Maria-Stella Gatzoulis on the day of the event: tel. (202) 691-4188. Check this page for the latest updates and notices.