The Corner

Turkey’s Descent into Dictatorship

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long emulated Vladimir Putin, with a commitment to democracy which lacks credibility and is increasingly for external consumption only.  Today, just as has Mr. Putin or, for that matter, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Mr. Erdogan has begun launching spurious lawsuits against leaders of the political opposition for having the audacity to criticize him.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.