Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat Quoted in Al-Monitor

In response to the sudden resignation of Istanbul’s mayor and the rumored mayoral shakeup of the AKP, nonresident senior fellow Howard Eissenstat talked with Ayla Jean Yackley on September 28, 2017:

“’The rumors suggest a fairly extensive housecleaning,’ said Howard Eissenstat, a Turkey researcher at St. Lawrence University and a senior nonresident fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy.

“’This perhaps isn’t very surprising, given the extent to which the party has been focused on pursuing enemies and purging dissent rather than addressing the nuts and bolts of delivering services to its constituents, which has always been the core of the party’s allure for all but the most devoted,’ he told Al-Monitor.

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“’Getting rid of the mayors might bring fresh blood, but it is more likely to be Erdogan loyalists, which doesn’t solve the basic problem of demonstrating to wavering supporters that the AKP can still connect with their needs and concerns,’ Eissenstat said.”

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