A Political Upset in Turkey Means New Uncertainty in the Middle East

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was not on the ballot, but Sunday's parliamentary election was widely seen as a referendum on his leadership and his ambition for more political power. His Muslim-oriented party won the most votes, but lost the parliamentary majority it's held since 2002. For the first time, a party including Kurds and other minorities won the right to participate in government. The conservative leader now faces a deadline to form a ruling coalition. But, what liberals call a win for democracy has led to drops in economic indicators, and political instability seems likely. What will that mean for the US, Turkey's other NATO allies and the fight against ISIS?

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Guests:
Soli Ozel - Kadir Has University - @soliozel2, Ahu Sila Bayer - language translator and resident of Istanbul - @ahusilabayer, Max Hoffman - Center for American Progress - @amprog, Christian Caryl - Legatum Institute - @LegatumInst, Marc Pierini - Carnegie Europe - @MarcPierini1

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sáša Woodruff, Benjamin Gottlieb, Evan George