In the streets of Istanbul, a new democratic spirit is taking root. But the violent repression of dissent shows that it cannot flourish as long as Erdogan remains in charge.
The on-going anti-government protests in Turkey demonstrate the pitfalls of majoritarian style democracy and the need for broader reforms to address underrepresented groups in the country.
The United States hoped to build Turkey into a model democracy in the Middle East, and to wait out the turmoil of the Arab Spring. Both policies have failed.