Resource July 20, 2012

Turkey: An Identity Crisis and a Border Crisis


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From afar Turkey is a model for others. But within the country, Turks wrangle over their legacy and...

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In less than a decade, Turkey's leaders have remade their nation's identity, casting aside an inner view that had persisted since modern Turkey's birth in 1923. Looking at the country from the outside, it appears the model of a modern Muslim democracy. But within the country, Turks wrangle over their legacy and future, over freedom of the press, gender rights, and a worsening border crisis that is testing their resolve and humanity.

Veteran correspondent Steve Franklin discusses his recent reporting from a country he first encounted as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1960s.


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