Is Putinism the Future of Turkey?
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Is Putinism the Future of Turkey?
College of Urban and Public Affairs
Second Floor Gallery
Portland State University
506 SW Mill Street


Free and Open to the Public


A presentation by Prof. Paul Kubicek 



According to many assessments, both Russia and Turkey have been moving in a more authoritarian direction in recent years. Some have suggested that Putin's Russia is the archetype of a new form of authoritarianism that combines a democratic facade with institutions and practices that preserve and enhance the powers of the chief executive. Could this be a model or endpoint for those currently shaping Turkey's political system? This presentation examines the possibilities and limits of such a comparison, going beyond description to engage in analysis about factors driving movement away from liberal democracy in both countries. 


Paul Kubicek is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at Oakland University (Michigan). He is also editor of the journal Turkish Studies. Professor Kubicek has published numerous works on both post-Soviet and Turkish politics. His most recent books are Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World (2015) and (as co-editor) Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: Micro and Macro Challenges (2016). He received his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan, and has also taught at Lviv State University in Ukraine and Koç University, Boğaziçi University, and Antalya International University in Turkey. He has also served as a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia. 


This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center and Center for Turkish Studies in collaboration with Departments of History, International Studies and Political Science.