Post-Corona Turkey: Economic Challenges and Political Blunder

EPC | 27 May 2020
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As the rest of world countries, Turkey has been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic and its social and economic consequences. This crisis has added an additional burden for the country as Turkish economy already suffers from the depreciation of the Turkish Lira, an increasing inflation, unemployment and debt. It has also intensified political struggle in the country in light of the debate regarding the performance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party government in managing the crisis, as well as, Turkey’s involvement in regional conflicts, especially in Syria and Libya.

The Emirates Policy center (EPC) organizes a webinar titled “Post-Corona Turkey: Economic Challenges and Political Blunder” On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 9:00-10:15 pm UAE local time (5:00-6:15 pm GMT).     

A select of scholars will participate in the webinar including DrOmer Taspinar, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Professor of National Security Strategy, U.S. National War College, Washington D.C; Dr. Atilla Yesilada, co-founder of Istanbul Analytics and an international expert in Turkey’s economic and political affairs; and Dr. Mustapha Murad Koblai, a Turkish financial expert and economist, and independent consultant for a number of sovereign wealth funds and companies operating in Turkey. President of Emirates Policy Center, Dr. Ebtesam Al- Ketbi will moderate the discussions.

The webinar will try to answer the following questions:

  • What are the challenges facing Turkey during the Coronavirus pandemic? What are the gaps in the performance of AKP government in managing the crisis?
  • What is the reality of the financial and economic crisis faced by Turkey today? What are the future prospects for Turkey’s economy after Corona?
  • How would the economic crisis in Turkey affect the domestic political landscape and outstanding domestic issues? What is the impact of the crisis on the position of the ruling party and opposition, as well as, the structure of the Turkish political system in the future?
  • What are the implications of the Coronavirus crisis on Ankara’s foreign policy options, its regional role (in Syria, Libya and elsewhere), and Turkey’s international relations?


The symposium will be live streamed on EPC’s account on all various social media platforms and the center’s YouTube channel.

Venue Details

Video conference.