This essay frames the emerging regime in Turkey as a question. Starting with a discussion of the limits of conjunctural analysis, we offer some fragmentary analysis. We highlight transgression of law and imperial fantasies as the two constitutive aspects that have conditioned the transformations of the nation-state. We present construction(-destruction) as the nodal apparatus of the AKP rule that has articulated these transformations with those of capital toward forcing a regime change. From the angle of this essay that draws from affective dynamics (such as transgression, repetition-as-failure, and dyadic identification), what is experienced as the “new Turkey” by regime supporters is proposed as the decline of the republic.

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