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Turkey's Historic Election: What to Expect Next?

Rich Outzen, Lisel Hintz, Nick Danforth, and Soner Cagaptay

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June 25, 2018


After Turkey's historic June 24 election - the first in which voters will choose both a president and a parliament - watch a live webcast as experts dig into what comes next as Ankara ushers in a new system.

In a first for Turkish democracy, voters will be choosing both the next president and the next parliament when they go to the polls on June 24. The election will also usher in a new system granting wider powers to the president, abolishing the post of prime minister, and increasing the number of parliamentary seats. What lies ahead for Turkey after a vote that may prove to be its most contested and controversial in recent memory? And how might the results and the new structural changes affect Ankara's foreign policy orientation? To discuss these issues, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Rich Outzen, Lisel Hintz, Nick Danforth, and Soner Cagaptay.

Watch a live webcast of this event starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Col. Rich Outzen is a senior U.S. Army advisor and a member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he served with the Office of Defense Cooperation in Ankara and taught courses on Middle East issues at the National Defense University.

Lisel Hintz is an assistant professor of international relations and European studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She has spoken and written widely on Turkey's relations with the EU, its policies toward the Kurds, its role in Syria, and its growing "Ottoman Islamism."

Nick Danforth is a senior analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Project. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Georgetown University and has written widely about Turkish issues in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. His publications include the 2017 book The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey.