Namık Tan – Former Turkish Ambassador to the USA

This book offers timely insight into some of the most powerful socio-political factors at play in Turkey’s democracy today, with an interesting examination of their roots in Turkish history. In particular, the author’s reflections on the balance and separation of powers in the presidential system have much to offer those with an interest in modern Turkey, and other nations around the globe, in terms of the threats to democratic governance and the protection of its core principles. The author, as a seasoned lawyer of 40 years, has identified crucial changes that can be made to the Judiciary for it to function more effectively. As a diplomat, I am conscious of how the internal workings of a country shape how they are received on the world stage, and this book offers a valuable contribution to a deeper understanding of Turkey and its future potential.