Commentary: Why Is Biden Bad For Turkey, Which Is Good

I don’t speculate on election results in Turkey, or elsewhere, but according to all the polls I’ve read, Joe Biden is way ahead of Trump. Neither do I take sides in Trump vs Biden, it is the Americans who will make the best choice. Yet, markets are apprehensive of Biden and perhaps that is a good thing. There is another group of people who are not too keen on the Biden for President theme. Autocrats. Russia’s president for life Putin and Turkey’s Beloved Chief R. T. Erdogan lead the pack of skeptics. Focusing on Erdogan, he has good reasons not to pray for a Biden victory. Turkey doesn’t have any friends left in Washington DC, and Senate sanctions were delayed thanks to covid-19  outbreak. Yet substantive problems between the erstwhile allies are not resolved meaning Biden could undo what Trump has permitted:  A benign neglect of Turkey’s anti-democracy drive  and diplomatic choices.

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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.