Focus on Turkey
The significant position of Turkey has been further underlined by the diplomatic visit by President Trump’s newly appointed Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, which follows that of British Prime Minister Theresa May in January 2017.
Turkey is still in a state of emergency following the failed coup in July 2016. Authorities swiftly arrested 2,800 rebel soldiers and detained a similar number of judges and prosecutors with alleged links to the Gülenist movement the government blames for masterminding the coup.
The crackdown persists as President Erdogan seeks to strengthen executive power, but there are significant concerns over the rule of law, judicial independence and human rights protections.