On April 16th, Turkish citizens will vote in a referendum to decide whether they want president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to have even more power than he already does. On April 17th, the Bipartisan Policy Center will convene a panel of experts to make sense of the result.
Current polls show an even split between Erdogan’s supporters and opponents, which, combined with concerns over whether the vote itself will be fair, have created profound uncertainty over the referendum’s outcome. While observers worry that if Erdogan succeeds Turkey could descend into de facto dictatorship, many also remain concerned about the chaos that could follow in the wake of his defeat. With growing attention to Ankara’s attitude toward the war against ISIS – and now even its role in US domestic politics as well – please join us as we seek to understand the outcome of Turkey’s upcoming referendum and its implications for Turkey, its relationship with the United States, and the future of the region.
Date: April 17, 2017
When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Bipartisan Policy Center, Suite 1000