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Title: Erdoğan's Bid to Re-Establish Dominance After His Pyrrhic Victory
Authors: Özcan, N.A.
İpek, P.
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc
Abstract: This article examines President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's actions since he barely survived the May 2023 election. It argues that although Erdoğan's authoritarian personality and conservative Islamist ideology drive his foreign policy, his pyrrhic victory and Turkey's economic problems have forced him to rebalance the country's regional and bilateral relations with Arab and Western states. The analysis first explains Erdoğan's re-election strategy to demonstrate his authoritarian personality and desire to retain power. It then shows how the election results and Turkey's economic challenges have shaped Erdoğan's pragmatic U-turns in foreign policy since the campaign. From there, the article assesses the president's near-term strategies for municipal elections and other challenges in domestic politics. It concludes that Erdoğan's overconfidence is constrained by Turkish economic stresses, though the direction of foreign policy remains unclear. © 2023 The Middle East Policy Council.
ISSN: 1061-1924
Appears in Collections:Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection

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