On July 15, 2016, Turkish armed forces launched a coup attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Tayyip Erdogan. The coup ultimately failed, but the repercussions are still being felt in Turkey and by Turkish allies including the United States. SFS Professor Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies PhD candidate Berfu Kızıltan (SSP ‘10), weighed in on the situation.
Targeting of Academics
Sinan Ciddi On NPR, July 22, 2016
State Of Emergency
Sinan Ciddi On CNN, July 21, 20216
Witnessing masses opposing a coup is indeed a victory for a country with a long past of military takeovers. Yet, it seems that not the coup attempt but the ferocious reactions of AKP government against it will make the country more fragile and weaker than ever. It’s not hard to predict that Erdogan will utilize all his power to combat foes, real and imagined. Cleansing the state not only from Gulenists but also from all dissident voices in this chaos will be killing two birds with one stone for the President and nobody in their right mind can claim that this is the way forward for democracy.
–Berfu Kızıltan (SSP ‘10) is a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford. Read more of her analysis of the situation in Turkey here.
Sinan Ciddi On Al Jazeera, July 20, 2016