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Democratic Decline

Autocratic leaders like Erdogan often use ‘maintaining order in the wake of a disaster’ as a pretext to restrict speech, especially speech that may be critical of their handling of said disaster. ”

From the perspective of a society, security is not just about the defense of borders, but it’s also about the kind of security people seek in the face of disasters. The response cannot be unilateral: even quite capable countries like Turkey need the support of allies, even adversaries, to tackle them”


Mounting tensions or even crises — real, imaginary or manufactured — especially vis-à-vis Greece, Turkey’s old foe, can be an easy way of deflecting attention from the very real economic and political problems Mr. Erdogan and his AKP party are facing as they are fighting for their political survival ahead of next year’s election.”

President Erdogan's growing international activism is a reflection of personal ambition and growing domestic political and economic concerns.”

Translated from Italian
Defense Cooperation

If Russia undertakes any action that will result in the collapse of the agreement, it would be a blow to their public global image. This is just a show of a lack of goodwill on the part of Russia. There’s nothing in the agreement that would prevent Russia from doing this.”

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