Less than two months ago, Turkey appeared on the cusp of a new era. Parliamentary elections had delivered a historic blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly autocratic ruler, while a pro-Kurdish party made unprecedented gains at the ballot box.
Now the hopes generated by that election – for a more pluralistic politics, for progress in negotiations to solve the Kurdish conflict – have been dashed. Instead, Turkey stands at the edge of a dangerous precipice where old conflicts reignite, new threats emerge and instability reigns.
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