In conversation with Antony Loyd, Times correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith analyses Turkey’s ailing democracy – and what Erdogan’s continuing hold on power means for the rest of us.
More than fifteen years before Donald Trump ascended to the American presidency, Turkey was the crucible for the new, authoritarian populism now shaking the world. Its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the face of devotion and division, a leader who mastered divide-and-rule politics for a new century, ushering a nation with the second largest army in NATO towards dictatorship.
Hannah Lucinda Smith has been living in Turkey as the Times correspondent for nearly a decade, reporting on the ground from the onset of the Arab Spring through terrorist attacks, mass protests, civil war, unprecedented refugee influx and the explosive, bloody 2016 coup attempt that threatened to topple – and kill – Erdogan.
Join Hannah for an in-depth conversation with her award winning colleague Antony Loyd as they explore the present and future of this vital country and the origins of its current, illiberal regime.