This essay attempts to elucidate the transformation of civil-military relations in Turkey since the failed coup of 15 July 2016. After presenting an overview of these relations prior to the coup, the essay focuses on emerging aspects of them in the postcoup environment and attempts to analyze a pattern. It argues that while a harsh domination has been established over the military by civilian politicians through massive efforts in structural, educational, and legislative domains, those efforts are far from being overarching. Whether it has produced a democratic form of civil-military relations and an irreversible transformation in the mindsets of officer corps is dubious.
Research Article| December 01 2018
Turkey’s Play with Its Military: Civil-Military Relations before and after the 2016 Coup
Mediterranean Quarterly (2018) 29 (4): 32–51.
Hakan Sahin; Turkey’s Play with Its Military: Civil-Military Relations before and after the 2016 Coup. Mediterranean Quarterly 1 December 2018; 29 (4): 32–51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-7345439
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