Outlook 2017: Turkey at a Crossroads
January 11, 2017
After a difficult 2016, Turkey now finds itself at an economic and a political crossroads. The New Year is kicking off with political fireworks as Parliament debates constitutional changes that would empower the office of the presidency. These reforms would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a freer hand to rule, and extend his term limit as president through to 2029. All the while this fiery debate plays out, Turkey’s economy continues to languish and instability festers in the south and along the Syrian border. To say 2017 will be decisive is an understatement.