Deniz Aribogan, The Nation: Why Turkey’s Coup Failed
The attempted coup challenged Erdoğan’s grip on power. Will he now grasp it more tightly or pivot towards some reform?
July 15 was a day of firsts in Turkey’s political history. To be clear, waking up to the noise of an army tank is not an exceptional morning for Turkish citizens my age. Throughout my life, I have already witnessed four military interventions: in 1971, a “coup by memorandum”; in 1980, a “military coup d’état”; in 1997, a “military memorandum”; and in 2007, a “military e-memorandum.” Turkey’s military has long seen itself as the “guardian of democracy and secularism” and considered it a basic duty to rescue the nation from falling off the edge of a cliff into instability and chaos. So, last Friday, when I heard on TRT, the state-run TV channel, that martial law was being declared along with a curfew, I was not quite shocked. But I was surprised. Surprised, because each coup up until this point had been carried out within a political process that legitimized it, or at least created popular support for the aim of the intervention. What happened last week was unprecedented, even in Turkey’s coup-filled history.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 20, 2016
The Turkish Internet Is a Battleground, and Erdogan Is Winning -- Elias Groll, Foreign Policy
It looks like nearly everyone was wrong about a key aspect of Turkey’s military coup -- Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider
'We see him as one of us': why many Turks still back authoritarian Erdoğan -- Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian
Turkey's long road to EU membership just got longer -- Jenifer Rankin, The Guardian
Putin May Be Turkey's New Buddy after the Failed Coup -- Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest
Why the Failed Turkish Coup is Very Bad News for the War on ISIS -- Michael Weiss, Daily Beast
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The Sense Behind the Nonsense From Iraq's Foreign Minister -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
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An Important Part of the Iran Nuclear Deal Was Just Made Public for the First Time -- Armin Rosen, The Tablet
The New Normal in the Middle East -- Marina Ottaway, Real Clear World
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Murdering a Journalist, and the Truth, in Ukraine -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast
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