The World’s Most
Important Election in 2023
Will Be in Turkey

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Among the many general elections of international consequence to watch this year, Nigeria’s, scheduled for February will be by far the largest; Pakistan’s, due by October, will probably be the loudest. But the most important will unquestionably take place on June 18, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to stretch his rule over Turkey into a third decade.

The outcome will shape geopolitical and economic calculations in Washington and Moscow, as well as capitals across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. “What happens in Turkey doesn’t just stay in Turkey,” says Ziya Meral, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for
Defence and Security Studies. “Turkey may be a middle power, but the great powers have a stake in its election.”


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One response to “The World’s Most
Important Election in 2023
Will Be in Turkey”

  1. Enis Pınar Avatar
    Enis Pınar

    With regard to Mr. Selim Koru’s (political analyst at the Ankara based Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey [Türkiye Ekonomi Politikaları Araştırma Vakfı – TEPAV] and a Fellow at the Philadelphia based Foreign Policy Research Institute) view quoted in the article stating Erdoğan’s “ambitions for Turkey’s immediate neighborhood, where Ankara is increasingly influential, is not to complement American and European influence, ‘it’s to replace and counter them”. What’s wrong with Türkiye replacing or countering America and Europe’s influence in Türkiye’s immediate neighborhood with its own influence? Common sense dictates that Türkiye, regardless of who leads it, has a greater national interest in what goes on in its immediate neighborhood than outsiders such as the U.S. or Europe.

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