Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used high passions and political tensions to push through a referendum that has granted him sweeping new powers – and moved Turkey’s democracy closer to dictatorship.
When factions of the Turkish military attempted a coup on President Erdogan's government, he reacted with a forceful crackdown. Over 100,000 people have been detained or dismissed, including civil servants, teachers, and journalists. In the latest episode of VICE on HBO, Isobel Yeung travels to Turkey as the country heads to the polls in a nationwide referendum that grants Erdogan unprecedented power.
Join New America NYC and VICE at Lincoln Center for a screening of "Power to the President" followed by a conversation with Isobel Yeung and other foreign policy experts on Erdogan's unprecedented rise to power and what it means for the nation he governs.
PARTICIPANTSIsobel Yeung @isobelyeung
Correspondent and Producer, VICE on HBONic Dawes @nicdawes
Deputy Executive Director for Media, Human Rights Watch
Beverly Chase @beverlychase
Supervising Producer, VICE on HBO