Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith is a visiting scholar in Politics & International Relations at the University of Auckland. Democracy and democratisation are areas of particular interest for his work, with a strong focus on the EU's role in aiding post-Communist transitions in Eastern Europe. He has a book on the Ukraine crisis coming out in December.

The West, the liberal order and (post-coup) Turkey

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The West’s response to the democratic backsliding occurring in Turkey under Erdogan (which is accelerating post-coup) should be the steadfast support of bottom-up democratisation efforts in Turkey. However, if the West decides that strategic interests in Turkey trump liberal principles, its weakening liberal international order will be hit further and hasten the arrival of a post-Western order.

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