President Erdoğan in Saudi Arabia

Michael Daventry discusses Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s tour of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in an attempt to mediate the Qatar crisis

Originally broadcast on BBC World News, 23 July 2017

After the coup, Turkey divided ‘right down the middle’

“Turkey is divided right down the middle, even though we’re getting these pictures of flag-waving people in the streets defending Turkish democracy. It just isn’t the full picture.”
Me discussing a year since the Turkish coup on BBC News earlier this evening.

BBC News channel, 15 July 2017

BBC World News, 15 July 2017

Turkish referendum aftermath

On 16 April, a referendum on a “Turkish-style” executive presidential system in Turkey produced a narrow victory for Yes, although the No camp refused to concede and said it would challenge the outcome.

In a number of appearances the following day on the BBC, Michael explained how the Turkish electoral authorities’ decision regarding a missing official stamp had led to widespread claims of electoral fraud in the vote.

He also explained how the new “Turkish-style” executive presidency system would make it a lot harder to scrutinise the office holder of the presidency.

BBC News channel, 17 April 2017

Outside Source, 17 April 2017

Istanbul bombing: civil society perspective

39 people were killed and at least 70 were injured when a gunman opened fire at a high-end nightclub in Istanbul in the first few hours of New Year’s Day 2017.

In a number of appearances on BBC World News and the Outside Source programme, Michael brought some context to the growing security problem in Turkey, a country under attack on multiple fronts.

But there is also a civil society perspective, he said, because few people in the country feel able to ask awkward questions of their superiors.

Outside Source, 2 January 2017

BBC World News, 2 January 2017

BBC World News, 1 January 2017

A possible EU-Turkey deal on migrants

Appearing by telephone on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, Michael Daventry comments on talk of a possible deal between Turkey and the European Union to return Syrian migrants in exchange for a visa-free regime for Turkish citizens.

      Michael Daventry on Jeremy Vine Show, 7 March 2016 - BBC Radio 2

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 7 March 2016.

Kensington under a cloud of cigarette smoke

Ahead of the Turkish parliamentary election on Sunday 7 June 2015, Michael Daventry comments on voting by millions of Turkish passport holders overseas and how they might affect the result.

Originally broadcast on BBC World News, 6 June 2015.

Turkish-speaking voters in the race to win Enfield North

Michael Daventry discusses the role of the Turkish-speaking electorate in Enfield North, a Conservative/Labour marginal seat in the 2015 General Election, in a BBC Radio 5 Live special programme broadcast from the constituency.

      Michael Daventry on Five Live Breakfast, 28 April 2015 - BBC Radio 5 Live

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, 28 April 2016.

Gezi Park

As Turkey is rocked by nationwide anti-government protests triggered by plans to redevelop a park in Istanbul, Michael Daventry explains on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show how the protests are not a simplistic clash between secularists and Islamists.

      Michael Daventry on Jeremy Vine Show, 23 May 2013 - BBC Radio 2