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Dimitar Bechev’s new book: Turkey Under Erdoğan

By February 24, 2022No Comments
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Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West

A new book by Dr Dimitar Bechev, Acting Programme Director for Core Activities at the Europaeum


In Turkey Under Erdoğan, Dimitar Bechev traces the country’s path away from the democratic aspirations and pro-West sympathies that prevailed prior to 2002. The rise to power of the populist Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saw Turkey become increasingly authoritarian and aligned with Putin’s Russia. Its foreign policy became militaristic, drawing it into regional conflicts from Nagorno-Karabakh to Libya. Yet Bechev argues that Turkey’s democratic instincts are resilient, its economic ties to Europe are as strong as ever, and Erdoğan will fail to achieve a fully autocratic regime.

Bechev elaborates on this theme in The competitive element in competitive authoritarianism is still very pertinent, a conversation with Ferenc Laczo, editor of RevDem, the Review of Democracy.

Dimitar Bechev currently acts as Programme Director (Core Activities) at the Europaeum. He is a Lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe and Region Head for Eastern Europe at Oxford Analytica, as well as Research Director and Founder of the European Policy Institute (Sofia). His past positions include lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and senior research fellow and head of the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He has also held fellowships at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna; Harvard’s Center for European Studies; and the European Institute, London School of Economics.

Previous publications include Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia (Rowman, 2019), Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale UP, 2017), and Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2021). Click the following links to read his contributions to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and Politico Europe.