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