Polarization in Turkey
- Dilek Ertükel, Senior Advisor Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University
- Rosa Balfour, Senior Fellow Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, Director of the Ankara Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Kadri Taştan, GMF-TOBB Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
While it is not unique to Turkey or this period in time, polarization erodes the platform for a pluralistic democracy and paves the way for populist and majoritarian politics in Turkey. A recent survey supported by GMF highlights how social distance, perceived moral superiority, and political intolerance polarize Turkish society along partisan lines. The survey further demonstrates how individuals in the Turkish society live in echo-chambers, in which their view is amplified and the opposite view is non-existent, and are affected by a spiral of silence as they refrain from discussing sensitive issues in environments where there are people with the opposite view. One of the interesting findings of the survey is that despite polarization, Turkish citizens converge in their distrust toward international institutions and foreign countries, particularly those that are Western.
This discussion will analyse dimensions of polarization in Turkey and its implications for Turkish society, politics, and Turkey’s partners.
This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues, launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
Please note that this is an invitation-only event. The discussion will be under Chatham House Rule.
If you have any questions, please contact Tobias Kutschka at +32222385292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.