The spread of Covid-19 is confronting Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan with unprecedented challenges to their autocratic rule. David Kramer and Soner Cagaptay join Susan and Greg to discuss how the outbreak is hitting two countries that pose the transatlantic alliance some of its biggest challenges, how each government is handling the crisis and how the two historical rivals are cooperating as well as competing in Syria and on other fronts.
The Cable is a production of ICWA and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group.
Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Author, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East
Senior Fellow, Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
Director, Transatlantic Democracy Working Group
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard
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