Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gives a news conference after a EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, Belgium November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

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The populism/realism gap: Managing uncertainty in Turkey's politics and foreign policy

February 4, 2016, Nora Fisher Onar

In recent years, “uncertain” increasingly seems to be the adjective of choice to describe the trajectory of Turkish politics. Moreover, it is uncertainty that prevails at the juncture of Turkish populism and realism, and domestic and foreign policy. Nora Fisher Onar traces the development of AKP’s populism: how and why it emerged, how it has evolved, and the impact it has made over the past decade, both for Turkey and its international relations.

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