By Jacob L. Shapiro
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is Turkey’s first president – at least, that is, in the next political system granting a Turkish president increased powers. He won more than 50 percent of the vote, obviating the need for a second-round runoff, and his ruling Justice and Development Party won a majority of seats in parliament. Erdogan’s victory bodes well for stability in the short term – his main rival has conceded defeat, noting that voting “irregularities” would not have affected the outcome of the election. But now that the drama is over, Erdogan has to fix the economy and manage a slowly increasing military presence in Syria and Iraq.
Chinese police broke up a People’s Liberation Army protest. The protest, a five-day affair in Jiangsu province, began after an army veteran was beaten by security guards in the city of Zhenjiang. According to a Radio Free Asia report, army veterans from neighboring provinces joined the protests. (Radio Free Asia is admitte