The Prospect for Turkish Democracy and Civil Society in 2018
- Fuat Keyman, Director, Member of Executive Board, Istanbul Policy Center
- Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum
- Naz Durakoglu, National Security Advisor for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
- Jonathan D. Katz, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a timely conversation with leading policy experts from the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC). The discussion will explore the current and future direction of Turkish democracy and civil society. Turkey’s trajectory as a democracy is now a serious concern for NATO allies, including in the United States and Europe. Turkey has not performed well in different democracy indexes; its rankings have consistently declined, especially in the areas of individual rights and freedoms, rule of law, and freedom of expression. A recent Freedom House index, "Freedom in the World 2018," highlighted the declines in political rights and civil liberties in Turkey. Given these difficult issues, what is needed to put Turkish democracy on the right track again, and what is the best way to strengthen the system of "checks and balances" and the role of civil society in Turkey?