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Published on: June 23, 2015
Episode 72: Election Rejection in Hong Kong and Turkey

Relevant Reading:

China’s Hong Kong Problem Is Not Going Away
Yevgen Sautin

Erdogan Isn’t Finished
Claire Berlinski

Good evening, listeners! We’ve got a treat for you today as our host Richard Aldous speaks with two expert guests about China’s Hong Kong problem and the shake-out from Turkey’s recent elections.

First we’re joined by Yevgen Sautin, a strategic risk analyst at U.S. Bank and former Boren Fellow at the National Taiwan University, to discuss Hong Kong lawmakers’ rejection of an election blueprint for Hong Kong’s chief executive. He talks us through what happened, explaining the somewhat convoluted elections procedure currently in place in Hong Kong, and looks at how Beijing might react. He reflects on how China is studying Gorbachev’s Soviet Union to help it craft its Hong Kong policy, and discusses what this means for America’s strategic interests in the region.

Richard then welcomes to the show Claire Berlinski, senior fellow for Turkey at the American Foreign Policy Council and Manhattan Institute scholar, to discuss what’s next for Turkey and President Erdogan after the country’s recent inconclusive elections. She focuses on what lies ahead for the so-called Kurdish peace process, now that a party with roots in the Kurdish national movement has entered parliament for the first time. She also situates the uncertainty of Turkey’s political future in a regional and global context, explaining how outside events are putting the country in a pressure cooker.

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