Turkey, March 3, 2030. 106 years to the day after the Ottoman caliphate was abolished. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has died and the government is in shambles trying to decide what to do next.
The government’s political leaders have assembled with key members of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) in the capital, Ankara, as the Emergency Political Succession Committee to decide who should be the Turkish president. Military leadership within the National Security Council (MGK) has assembled in Istanbul to ensure that the freedom and security of the republic are maintained.
After 27 years of rule under Erdoğan, civil liberties have been curbed while politically conservative market policies tied with a uniquely Turkish Islamism have flourished. The military, the former guardian of Turkey’s secular Kemalist values, has had its power limited for decades, and is poised to restore itself to its former glory. Meanwhile, the AKP and government seek to maintain power and the unprecedented democratic approval of the Erdoğan government without submitting to a rowdy public and menacing military.
The future of Turkey, a country at the crossroads of east and west, is undetermined. We invite you to engage with conflicting legacies, powerful actors, and rich history at CMUNCE XVIII to determine how the destiny of Turkey and legacy of Erdoğan will unfold.