Implicit Traces of Security Sector Reform in Turkey: A Fragile but Steady Process By: Ahmet Barbak | Turkey | Apr 20, 2015

Turkey, because of its peculiar historical conditions, is a country where the military has played a dominant role in its politics. With several military interventions in its modern history, Turkey has been recognized as a unique example of civil-military relations given that its democratic institutions have persisted and co-existed with the politically active military. The last military intervention in Turkey is said to have taken place in 1997, and called a “postmodern coup”, which saw the Cabinet implicitly forced to resign at a National Security Council (NSC) meeting. That no weapons were used nor shots fired and that both the media and political organizations supported the military has prompted many to label it as postmodern. Read more


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