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  • Writer's pictureProfessor Floros

2023.10: Competitive Authoritarianism in Turkey


Turkish man with short, dark brown hair, parted on his left with a lighter brown beard and brown glasses looks directly at the camera. He is wearing a blue button-down shirt with a brown blazer.

PhD Candidate, Political Science

University of Illinois at Chicago

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White woman with brown hair pulled back at the sides wearing dark sunglasses and a smile poses in front of the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. She wears a black v-neck shirt, and there are outcroppings of white rocks on either side of her in the background.
Professor Floros enjoying the Mediterranean Sea in Tunisia 2017. Photo credit: Kate Floros
Photo description: White woman with brown hair pulled back at the sides wearing dark sunglasses and a smile poses in front of the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. She wears a black v-neck shirt, and there are outcroppings of white rocks on either side of her in the background.
An elderly Tunisian man with white hair and wire rim glasses sits with both hands resting on a wood table and smiles as he looks off camera. He is wearing a medium blue suit and white dress shirt. On his lapel is a red pin with a red crescent and star inside a white circle (Tunisia's flag). He is sitting in a red chair and there is a man in a dark suit, white shirt, and red tie standing off his left shoulder looking at photos he's taken of the man on a professional camera.
Ennahda founder Rached Ghannouchi in 2017. Photo credit: Kate Floros
Photo description: An elderly Tunisian man with white hair and wire rim glasses sits with both hands resting on a wood table and smiles as he looks off camera. He is wearing a medium blue suit and white dress shirt. On his lapel is a red pin with a red crescent and star inside a white circle (Tunisia's flag). He is sitting in a red chair and there is a man in a dark suit, white shirt, and red tie standing off his left shoulder looking at photos he's taken of the man on a professional camera.
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Tunisian man with salt and pepper hair and a closely trimmed beard sits on a metal chair with a red back. He his wearing a dark suit and light blue shirt. One arm is crossed over this stomach, and he's wearing a woven bracelet on his wrist. His other hand is lifted like a claw at chest height.
Noureddine Boutar, Director of Mosaïque FM, speaking to a group of US professors in 2017. Photo credit: Kate Floros







Photo description: Tunisian man with salt and pepper hair and a closely trimmed beard sits on a metal chair with a red back. He his wearing a dark suit and light blue shirt. One arm is crossed over this stomach, and he's wearing a woven bracelet on his wrist. His other hand is lifted like a claw at chest height.
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