Omer Taspinar

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Ömer Taşpınar is a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution's Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence and an expert on Turkey, the European Union, Muslims in Europe, political Islam, the Middle East, and Kurdish nationalism. He is also a professor at the National War College and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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Erdoğan’s Tactical Gamble in Istanbul Proves a Strategic Mistake

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

Following a repeat mayoral election in Istanbul on June 23, Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not quite so strong anymore. If there is one thing worse than losing a close election, it must be losing the same election twice—and the second time with a much wider margin.