The power-centralizing referendum result was an unmitigated tragedy for democracy in Turkey. So why is the ex-pat Turkish elite, usually such astute commentators, so strangely unwilling to admit it?
Simon A. Waldman
Simon A. Waldman is a lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London.
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