College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between October 26 - November 2, 2015
Millions of Turkish voters will head to the polls Sunday for the second time in five months for a snap election unfolding amid mounting violence, deepening polarization and a sputtering economy.
The previous parliamentary election in June dealt a heavy blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to further consolidate his grip on power. Voters denied Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) a majority for the first time in 13 years, while giving the country’s long-repressed Kurdish minority its biggest voice yet in Turkish politics.
Now, Turkey is effectively waging a two-front war against the PKK and the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Both groups are designated terrorist organizations by Turkey and most Western countries but are also sworn enemies.
Opinion polls suggest that voter preferences remain largely unchanged by recent developments in Turkey, and analysts predict Erdogan's party will again fail to secure a majority of seats in parliament to govern alone.
“There isn’t a lot of optimism that much of anything will be gained from the upcoming elections. And even if the AKP gains a few more seats, we are still likely to be left with a coalition scenario,” said Michael Wuthrich, an expert on Turkish elections and director of the Center for Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas. “Turkish society is also incredibly polarized, and there is little hope among voters for positive change.”
Additional media coverage includes:
- William Mitchell law professor Sarah Deer to receive ABA 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award - Red Lake Nation News
- "That Daughter's Crazy" Being a black and Jewish Performer, and the Daughter of Richard Pryor - LJWorld
- Ivy Tech Students Raise, Release Butterflies To Learn Biology Concepts - WSCH
- Goth Girls: Edgar Allan Poe and the Return of the Funereal Female - LJWorld
- Southern Kansas sees sudden spike in earthquakes - The Boston Globe
- Southern Kansas sees sudden spike in earthquakes - The Washington Post
- Study reveals: We all suck at flirting - Cleo Australia
- $4.2M grant to be used to study climate change - KHGI
- $4.2M grant to be used to study climate change at KU - 6 News
- $4.2 million grant to be used to study climate change - KAKE
- Grant to be used to study climate change - Topeka Capital Journal
- These tweaks would make 'Psycho' even scarier - Futurity
- Tribes help regrow milkweed to restore butterflies - Princeton Times
- Is compromise in Kansas just science fiction? - Salina Journal
- Watch Spike Lee's Next Feature Film Joint - No, It's Not 'Chi-raq' - IndieWire
- The Things They Carried Home Preservation Workshop - The Hutchinson News
- Klaus to lead Moriarty book discussion - Parsons Sun
- More than Binding Men's Wounds: Women's Wartime Nursing in Russia during the Great War - LJWorld
- Upcoming opera brings 'Magic' to Fisher Theater - The Tribune
- Dia de los Muertos celebrates death through colorful traditions – University Daily Kansan
- Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor, discusses her struggles with her biracial identity in her documentary, "That Daughter's Crazy" – University Daily Kansan
- Don't have enough hours in the day? 7 students offer their time-management advice for doing it all -University Daily Kansan
- Some KU professors begin using "trigger warnings" in class before addressing graphic material – University Daily Kansan