Mark Collins – Turkey Through the Magnificent Mirror of the Sublime Erdogan

Further to these posts,

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

Julian Lindley-French – Two Coups Turkey

the start and end of a piece at the London Review of Books–note the perhaps very relevant history at the end of this post:

Turkey through the Looking Glass
Ayşe Zarakol [her website here] 3 August 2016

Since the failed coup attempt on 15 July, two distinct narratives about Turkey have emerged. Talking to Turks and non-Turks about the coup increasingly resembles travelling between parallel universes…

Most worrying…is the epistemic break underway between Turkey and the West, for which both sides are to blame. Once it is complete, all bets will be off as to the future direction of Turkish politics and foreign policy.

One not so nice direction already:

Putin mends broken relations with Turkey’s Erdogan

Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan shook hands warmly after months of angry rhetoric…

Recall Ataturk’s 1921 Treaty of Moscow with Lenin’s Russia when the traditional foes, who had fought each other very hard during World War I, were both were very much at odds with the Western powers. Big hmmm.

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


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