On May 17, the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings hosted a Stateman’s Forum with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In his remarks, Mr. Erdoğan reflected on three terms of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leadership during a period of rapid evolution for Turkey and its role in the world.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Prime Minister of Turkey in March 2003, following the electoral success in 2002 of the AK Party. In the 2007and 2011 elections, the AK Party was returned to power with landslide victories in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, making Mr. Erdoğan the longest-serving prime minister in Turkish history. Previously, Mr. Erdoğan served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1997. He was educated at Marmara University.
Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Mr. Erdoğan. At the conclusion of the Prime Minister’s remarks, Brookings TUSIAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci moderated a discussion.