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Çağaptay, Hintz Discuss Importance and Impacts of Turkish Elections

Cornell’s Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies program organized a web conference titled “Turkish Elections: A Pivotal Change?” on Friday, April 14, in which Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and a columnist for The Hurriyet Daily News, and Lisel Hintz, an assistant professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University, discussed the election and its potential impacts for Turkey. 

The upcoming Turkish elections — in which citizens will vote for both the president and the parliament — carry an immense importance due to the potential overturn of current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s 20-year rule. 

Turkey has faced several national challenges over the years — including an eroded right to freedom of expression through imprisoned journalists, democratic backsliding, human rights violations including hundreds of femicides, two massive earthquakes that caused thousands of deaths and destroyed several cities, a major economic crisis leading to spiraling inflation and extreme political polarization

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