Episode 71: Erdogan Falls Short and Russian Propaganda Wins Big

Relevant Reading:

Turkey Comes Undone
Steven A. Cook

Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail
Lilia Shevtsova

Swimming With Sharks
Lilia Shevtsova

Good evening podcast fans. Tonight, our host Richard Aldous welcomes onto the show Steven A. Cook, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss his essay on the recent elections in Turkey. Cook argues that though Turkey’s electoral institutions were able to deliver a rebuke to President Erdogan’s ambitions for expanding his powers, neither is the rebuke complete, nor is stability anything close to guaranteed.

Next, Richard talks to a longstanding friend of the podcast Lilia Shevtsova, who discusses her two recent pieces for TAI. Why is it that so many Western experts have bought into the “Weimar Syndrome” explanation for Russia’s recent behavior? And what is it, anyway?

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous and Steven Cook @stevenacook on Twitter.

Published on: June 16, 2015
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