14 May 2013
Can Turkey continue its phenomenal economic rise, and also becomes a democratic power?
Turkey is often bent and torn by its deep societal fault lines. Philosophical divides enflame secularists and Islamists, and political divides pit supporters against opponents of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP). Adding to the broil, ethnic divides lead to violent clashes between the Kurds and the Turkish state.
Despite these many cleavages, simple arithmetic suggests Turkey has what it takes to thrive as a democracy.
None of Turkey’s disparate halves is large enough to dominate the others. Demographically and politically, these blocks are destined to counter-balance each other, and find a modus vivendi.