Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan helps to carry a coffin with a victim of a thwarted coup following a funeral service in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall, The Guardian: Turkey's Erdogan beats foes for now, but at high cost to stability
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose fate was in the balance as rebel soldiers tried to topple him, has triumphed against his enemies and quickly reasserting his grip on power. But the failed military coup is further polarizing a nation in turmoil.
The upheaval following the attempted putsch on Friday night is far from over. It has traumatized the nation and caused irreparable damage to a military seen as a bedrock of stability in a country fighting Islamic State and a Kurdish insurgency.
"In the end, Erdogan and his supporters won the day (but)nobody in Turkey has won in the long-term," wrote Hugh Pope and Nigar Goksel of the International Crisis Group. They predicted that "damage to the army – more important than ever, given the turmoil in Turkey’s neighborhood – will be severe."
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 19, 2016
Turkey Will Pay a Price for Executing Traitors -- Noah Feldman, Bloomberg
The final crisis between the EU and Turkey -- Barbara Wesel, DW
NATO May Have to Expel Turkey -- Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
Was Turkey's coup attempt just an elaborate hoax by Erdogan? -- Cengiz Çandar, Al-Monitor
How Isis has devised new ways of sowing savagery in Europe -- Martin Chulov, The Guardian
Rethinking Lone Wolf Terrorism -- Daniel Byman. NPR
Shutting Down ISIS' Digital Platforms -- Walter Pincus, Cipher Brief
Beijing announces new plans for breaking international law in the South China Sea -- Steve Mollman, Quartz
Growing Geopolitical Risks From South China Sea Disputes, Says Fitch Ratings -- Tim Daiss, Forbes
The real reason the EU can't stop human smuggling from Libya -- Mustafa Fetouri, Al-Monitor
Why Putin Won't Admit the Truth About Doping -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
How Putin Tightened His Military Grip -- Samuel Bendett, RCW
Nice upends French politics -- Pierre Briancon, Politico
Venezuela Gets a New Comandante -- Bloomberg editorial
A short history of political plagiarism -- Mark Tran, Guardian