Putting the Turkey Coup in Historical Perspective

September 03, 2016

Had the Turkey coup been successful, it would have spelled disaster for the country. When a military coup shook Greece in 1967, it exposed the country to a brutal military dictatorship that brought numerous internal and external losses for the Greek people. Recalling this part of Greek history,...

Winners and Losers of Turkey’s Failed Coup

September 01, 2016

Shifting alignments in the aftermath of Turkey’s failed coup could bring peace to Yemen and Syria—but only if regional leaders can agree on some rules. As the dust begins to settle from Turkey’s failed coup, we can start to identify some winners and losers—although predicting things in...

Turkey Coup Derails the Missed EU Train

August 22, 2016

The European Union’s position vis-à-vis the failed coup attempt in Turkey has put another dent in Ankara-Brussels relations. On July 15, as rebel pilots were still flying sorties over Ankara and Istanbul, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “Whatever our other...

Turkey Coup is Erdogan’s Warning

July 18, 2016

The Turkish coup attempt may have collapsed almost before it started, but its blunders hide dangerous contests for control of the state. It is no surprise that many have regarded the failed Turkish coup d’état as a false flag event—one masterminded by the government itself. After all, in...

The World This Week: Blood on the Bosporus as Purge Follows Failed Coup

July 17, 2016

In a week of much violence, the attempted coup in Turkey marks the limits of appeals to ethnicity or religion as a basis for a state. This week has turned out to be more eventful than a Hollywood action film. In France, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old man of Tunisian origin, ploughed a...

Turkey Struggles to Make Sense of Failed Coup

July 16, 2016

Alpaslan Ozerdem reports from Turkey on a violent, thwarted attempt to take over the country by force. After the recent Ataturk Airport bombings, I wrote that Turkey is “a country with serious deficiencies in democracy, governance, the judicial system, human rights, the rule of law and —...