On Nov. 3, 2002, a political revolution swept Turkey. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party, better known by its Turkish acronym AKP, swept to power --- winning just 34 percent of the vote but, because of a quirk of Turkish election law, two-third of the seats in parliament. Not only could the AKP rule without coalition partners but, Turkish critics feared, the Islamist party could also use its supermajority to undercut the secular foundations of the Turkish state.
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Michael Rubin is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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