Webcast Recap

Turkey’s Presidential elections in August 2014 offer an opportunity to evaluate the country’s progress under the rule of Mr. Erdogan for the past 12 years and to discuss Turkey’s political, economic and social transformations. One of the top priorities on Turkey’s political agenda is the Kurdish question and the peace effort with the PKK. Where does it stand today and how will it be impacted by recent domestic political developments in Turkey? As part of the discussion, speakers will also address the potential restructuring of the relationship between the new president and the parliament as well as the possibility of a new constitution and judicial reform. Finally, the panelists will take a look at Turkey’s foreign policy and its critical role in transforming regional conflicts. 

The discussion features experts from the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The event is being co-hosted with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation and the Wilson Center's Middle East Program.



  • Etyen Mahçupyan

    Consultant, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)
  • Mesut Yeğen

    Professor in the Sociology Department, Sehir University Istanbul
  • Gönül Tol

    Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute (MEI)
  • Marina Ottaway

    Middle East Fellow