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Turks went to the polls on March 31st, unseating Erdoğan’s party — the AKP — in Turkey’s three largest cities. Although the municipal elections were a setback, the Turkish President isn’t likely to face the music anytime soon. But what does the development mean for the opposition parties in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir? In Algeria, long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been finally dethroned, but does his departure reflect real change in governance or is it purely cosmetic?
“If 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that the unpredictability of diplomacy is a comfort.”
It has been a long year. In 2018 we saw Ukraine and Russia fight over the Sea of Azov; Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia elect new Presidents; Jamal Khashoggi murdered in Ankara; the Democrats flip the House, Sri Lanka and the Maldives experience public backlash over the BRI; Trump start a trade war with China, withdraw the U.S. from the JCPOA, and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; Ukraine’s Orthodox Church break with Russia; Japan and the EU announce the largest ever trade deal; and crises of migration continue in Myanmar and Venezuela.
Grab a coffee, ITS Wonks. It’s time for The Year in Review.
The ITS Café’s biggest team yet reflects on 2018 and looks at the 3 biggest issues in 2019. International Scholars Emily Tatum, Pranav Jain, Pascal Letendre-Hanns, Anna Davidson, Will Truban and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské look at the highlights of 2018 and trends to watch in 2019.
What is State Swagger, anyway? And what should the ITS official tree be? Will Trump's departure end the Iran Deal, and what implications does that have for the peace process in North Korea? It's a packed episode in The ITS Café reboot, with a new cast and lots of fresh conversation.
Cameron Vaské, Megan Zimmerer, and Pascal Hensel are joined by ITS fellow and editor Deniz Houston to talk Turkish Politics in the Era of Erdoğan in another episode of the MENA Deep Dive mini-series.
The ITS Middle Eastern and Northern African Affairs Team gathers for the first MENA Deep Dive into the dynamics of the Saudi-Iranian contest for regional power. Join Megan Zimmerer, Chris Mullaney, Pascal Hensel, and Cameron Vaské for another cup from The ITS Café.