Special offer: £6 off new book ‘The New Turkey & its Discontents’

If you are concerned about the current state of Turkey, Simon A. Waldman and Emre Caliskan’s new book The New Turkey and its Discontents is an important and timely read about the changes and challenges the country is undergoing.

The book has had great reviews since its release last month and T-VINE readers who order direct from the publishers by 30 December will receive a £6 discount off its £14.99 retail price – see below for details.

Today’s Turkey little resembles that of recent decades. Newfound economic prosperity has had many unexpected social and political repercussions, most notably the rise of the ruling AKP party and President Erdoğan.

Despite unprecedented electoral popularity, the conduct of the AKP has faced growing criticism: Turkey has yet to solve its Kurdish question; its foreign policy is increasingly fraught as it balances relations with Iran, Israel, Russia, and the EU; and widespread protests gripped the country in 2013, as did an unsuccessful coup in 2016.

The government is now perceived by many to be corrupt, unaccountable, guilty of press intimidation and intolerant of political alternatives. Has this once promising democracy descended into a tyranny of the majority led by a charismatic leader? Is Turkey more polarised now than at any point in its recent history?

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Rio Forum
H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Rio Forum


These are among the questions at the heart of The New Turkey and Its Discontents, which traces Turkey’s evolution under Erdogan’s leadership, and assesses the likely consequences at home and abroad.

About the authors

Emre Caliskan is a Turkish analyst and journalist who previously worked for the BBC and its Turkish equivalent TRT. He is also a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Simon A. Waldman is a visiting research fellow at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London. He teaches the Arab-Israeli Conflict, state building in the region and Turkish history and politics.

Simon A. Waldman (left) & Emre Caliskan
Simon A. Waldman (left) & Emre Caliskan

Book reviews

Nuray Mert, columnist for Hurriyet Daily News and lecturer in Economics at Istanbul University

“A wonderful portrayal of the Turkey that has emerged under Erdoğan and his party. It is an elaborate account of the weakening prospects for democracy and can be read as an illuminating prelude to the possibility of total regime change, which may yet be upon us.”

Lenore Martin, Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

“An important guide to the challenges facing Turkish democracy today. In a very accessible manner it highlights the major issues, relationships, and events key to understanding this complex state. Not just an engaging read but perfectly timed too.”

Special offer: £6 off + free delivery for orders made by 30th December

Place your order for The New Turkey and its Discontents via this link by 30 December 2016 to receive a paperback copy of the book at the reduced rate of £8.99 instead of its standard retail price of £14.99, plus FREE delivery.

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If you miss the 30 December deadline, T-VINE readers can still get a £5 discount via this link.