German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) chats with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ozan Kose/Pool

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Humanitarian summit shines spotlight on Turkey

May 19, 2016, Kemal Kirişci and Zachary Laub

World leaders, U.N. agencies, and relief organizations will gather in Istanbul on May 23 to 24 for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. Kemal Kirişci says that the decision to hold this summit in Turkey, made in 2013 on the basis of its generous foreign-assistance program and hosting of the world's largest refugee population, has been complicated amid President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authoritarian turn.

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