MEI – Where Will Turkey’s Referendum Lead?

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Middle East Institute
1319 18th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Turkish voters on April 16, 2017 face a referendum to shift to a presidential system and further empower Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Whether Erdogan succeeds in his long-sought consolidation of authority or suffers a reversal, Turkish policies on the economy, domestic issues, the Kurdish question, regional security, and engagement with the U.S. and NATO are all apt to be affected by the referendum’s outcome.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) Center for Turkish Studies is pleased to host Kemal Kirisci (Brookings), Omer Taspinar (Brookings), and Amberin Zaman (Wilson Center) for an analysis of the plebiscite, its political context, and potential consequences of the impending vote. Gönül Tol (MEI) will moderate the discussion.


Kemal Kirisci
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Omer Taspinar
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Amberin Zaman
Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

Gönül Tol, moderator
Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, MEI