The author examines the current populist, charismatic, but divisive president of Turkey and arguably the most consequential
Turkish leader since Kemal Ataturk—was again reelected in May 2023 despite so many negative factors working against him
such as a terribly faltering economy, deadly earthquake, and authoritarian reputation, among others.

Michael M. Gunter is professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.

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What makes Gunter’s work a masterpiece is not just the flowing narrative, but the fact that Gunter has what so many Turkish experts do not: a balanced approach colored by decades of experience not only among Turks, but also with the Kurds, Syrians, and others too often ignored. This adds depth and a dimension that simply put, sets Gunter apart and creates a new standard for both academics and policymakers.” —Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute

“Gunter skillfully unravels the complexities surrounding the controversial July 16th coup, offering one of the most insightful analyses available. Additionally, the author sheds light on Erdogan’s transactional relations with Kurdish actors, providing a nu anced understanding of this intricate dynamic. In my opinion, this is the most accessible book about the ideology and politics of Turkey’s authoritarian ruler.” —M. Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah “In this highly informative and accessible account of the political journey of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Michael Gunter seamlessly weaves together several critically intertwined issues involving Turkey, Kurds, and beyond. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the shifting dynamics in Turkey.” —Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University

“This is a timely contribution by a respected academic. It offers a major and significant new insight into perhaps the greatest Turkish leader since Ataturk, so would become an essential book used by students, specialists, and the general reader.” —Ozay Mehmet, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Carleton University, Ottawa