The AK Party years in Turkey have been truly transformational. When the party was established in 2001, the country was going through major economic and political crises. Today, under the leadership of President Erdogan, Turkey is a middle power with serious global ambitions. In the nearly two decades since its inception, the AK Party has been confronted with major domestic and foreign policy challenges. At home, major improvements in religious freedoms, ethnic relations, and cultural rights have been realized. Abroad, Turkey has emerged as a major power to reckon with in the region while playing a role as a critical partner in global issues. From tackling the Kurdish issue to daring to take on authoritarian regimes during the Arab Spring, the AK Party under President Erdogan’s leadership has already left the most significant mark on Turkish modern political history.
This volume addresses the domestic and foreign policy transformations in Turkey that took place over the course of the past two decades under the AK Party.