Not many people outside of Turkey understand that the growing unrest in Iraq may provide a vital opportunity for the quiet Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen. He represents a huge political constituency in Turkey, and he directs his movement from a quiet compound close to home in Pennsylvania.
Gulen has built a global network of schools and Muslim political institutions that are a direct challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdowan. He is a champion of the Islamist style governance, but uses a moderate model that's very different from the style of the madrassas in Pakistan, or the powerful ideologically driven government of Iran.
Gulan has the potential of being a kingmaker in Turkey, and no one knows that better than Prime Minister Erdowan, who has jailed Gulan's supporters and banned some of his books.
We explore this powerful self-exile with Berna Turam, a professor of sociology and international affairs at Northeastern University in Massachusetts. She says Gulen has launched a movement with unprecedented scale and influence.