Mark Collins – Turkey, or, Failed Coup in the Land of the Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent

The Turkish president’s response may be quite ferocious with difficult implications for relations with the US and NATO–plus the EU. The quick response of Edward Luttwak, who wrote coup d’état 101 (see below):

Why Turkey’s Coup d’État Failed
And why Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s craven excesses made it so inevitable.

Mr Luttwak is noted at the end of this post:

Attentat? Putsch? Coup? An Historical Approach to a Political Science Topic

Earlier posts here on the ever more autocratic president.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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11 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Turkey, or, Failed Coup in the Land of the Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent”

  1. Some consequences of the coup, esp. in NATO and anti-ISIS context (further links at original):

    ‘…
    A problem like Turkey. The recent failed coup in by a group of military officers in NATO ally Turkey also presents a big challenge for the next administration. The post-coup crackdown that has seen the arrest or dismissal of over 60,000 servicemembers, academics, and government officials has crippled the government. A total of 149 generals and admirals have also been arrested, something which worries U.S. Central Command leader Gen. Joseph Votel. He said Thursday [July 28], “we’ve certainly had relationships with a lot of Turkish leaders, military leaders in particular. I’m concerned about what the impact is on those relationships as we continue.”

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper added that the government’s backlash has “affected all segments of the national security apparatus in Turkey…Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested. There’s no question that this is going to set back and make more difficult” Washington’s policymaking in the Middle East. Two senior Turkish generals quit their posts in protest over the crackdown earlier this week, as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidates his personal control over the military. More than 1,500 officers were dishonorably discharged this week alone.

    Elsewhere, thousands of Turkish citizens have launched protests outside the gate of the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, which is a major hub for U.S. and NATO aircraft bombing ISIS in nearby Syria. The protesters are burning American flags and demanding that the government close the base…’
    http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/29/situation-report-clinton-generals-slam-trump-u-s-commandos-fighting-in-afghanistan-turkeys-military-falls-apart-and-lots-more/

    Mark Collins

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