Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum – Commentary by Dr David Altman, Senior Vice-President of Netanya Academic College, Vice-chair of the S.Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, 25 April 2017

by on April 25, 2017

Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum
Commentary by Dr David Altman
Senior vice-president, Netanya Academic College
Vice-chair of the S.Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, Israel

The aim of the recent constitutional referendum in Turkey has not simply been an attempt by the Turkish President to accumulate power and strengthen his grip on the country.  Erdoğan has a clear vision of Turkey, which is diametrically different from that of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. He envisions it not only as a non-secular state, but as a country whose role is to lead the ummah, or the entire Islamic world. Erdogan’s leadership ambitions have gained support from some of the most prominent Sunni Muslim clerics, including the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Dr Altman, Senior Vice-President of Netanya Academic College and Vice-Chair of the S.Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, shares his opinion on the latest developments in Turkey and their potential impact on Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe.