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Turkey: Failed Coup, Failing Democracy

Policy Briefs 

Behind the Veneer of Cross-Party Unity, Erdogan Cements Power 
Aykan Erdemir - FDD Policy Brief
All three of Turkey’s main opposition parties opposed the coup attempt on July 15, and the government has taken pains to show its gratitude...Read more (7/28/2016)

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy 
Merve TahirogluFDD Policy Brief
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet...Read more (7/21/2016)

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purges by the Numbers
Merve Tahiroglu, Yagmur Menzilcioglu – FDD Policy Brief
A faction of the Turkish military attempted a coup d’état on Friday. Lacking support of the bulk of the armed forces, police, and intelligence community, it was quashed within hours...Read more (7/18/2016)


After the Failed Coup: Prospects for Turkish Stability and the U.S.-Turkey Alliance
Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, Henri Barkey, Gönül Tol, and John Hannah  – FDD Event
The failed coup attempt in Turkey represents the latest example of the growing political instability under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose multi-year campaign to consolidate dictatorial powers and destroy opposition have left Turkey dangerously polarized...Watch here | Listen here (7/21/2016)

Situation in Turkey Conference Call
Boris Zilberman, Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, Jonathan Schanzer, Merve TahirogluFDD Conference Call
On Monday, FDD hosted a conference call to explain the coup attempt on Turkey, Turkey's NATO membership, and the polituical purge taing place in Turkish institutions...Read the transcript here (7/18/2016)


Despite Coup Failure, Turkish Democracy Still at Risk
Aykan Erdemir - Interview with The Cipher Brief
It’s been about a week since the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erodgan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP)-led government.What is the current state of play?..Read more (7/22/16)

Turkey’s Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup
Jonathan SchanzerThe Huffington Post
Turkey may have thwarted a military coup d’etat on Friday night, but the result will almost certainly be the precipitous decline of Turkey’s democracy, nevertheless...Read more (7/20/2016)

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey
Clifford D. MayThe Washington Times
Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events...Read more (7/19/2016)

Turkey needs a new social contract
Aykan ErdemirHurriyet Daily News
A decade ago, Turkey was hailed as a success story due to its booming economy, proactive foreign policy and progress toward EU membership....Read more (7/19/2016)

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup
Jonathan SchanzerThe New York Times 
The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State...Read more (7/18/2016)

Notes on a Failed Coup 
John HannahForeign Policy
For your consideration, several observations regarding Turkey’s failed coup: By any measure, the incompetence of the coup plotters was simply flabbergasting...Read more (7/18/2016)

In The News

Turkey tries to trap Obama with extradition demand
Jonathan Schanzer - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico
Is President Barack Obama willing to damage America’s relationship with a critical NATO ally over the fate of an elderly Muslim man living in the Poconos?...Read more (7/27/2016)

How Erdogan's mass appeal saved him on coup night
Aykan Erdemir - Quoted by Pascale Troillaud - The Times of Israel
More than his security forces, what saved Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers...Read more (7/23/2016)

 Reclaiming of Istanbul’s Taksim Square by Erdogan Supporters Sparks Trepidation in Some Quarters
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal
In the week since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to occupy the streets and thwart an attempted coup, Istanbul’s Taksim Square has transformed from a scene of military occupation into a site of euphoric celebration...Read more (7/22/2016)

Despite detente, Erdogan may find Israel too good a scapegoat to resist
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to start blaming Israel for the attempted coup that threatened to depose him over the weekend, due to a perceived connection between the Jewish state and the cleric he accuses of instigating the putsch, a leading Israeli expert on Turkey said...Read more (7/21/2016)

Turkish government seeks self-exiled cleric living in Poconos 
Jonathan SchanzerQuoted by Lauren Rosenblatt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Pittsburgh restaurateur found out first-hand earlier this year how powerful the influence of a Poconos-dwelling Turkish cleric is — and how deep the Turkish government's antipathy for the man runs…Read more (7/21/2016)

Coup in Turkey Undercuts an Already Complex U.S. War on ISIS
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report
Turkey's cooperation with the U.S. has always been strained, with starkly differing views about the ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq...Read more (7/18/2016)

The US Just Issued a “Remarkable” Warning to Turkey Amid Its Post-Coup Crackdown
Jonathan SchanzerQuoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider
Tension between the US and Turkey has escalated dramatically in the wake of Ankara's far-reaching crackdown on those suspected to have been involved in Friday's failed military coup…Read more (7/18/2016)

Turkish army shoots itself in the foot (again)
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by IntelliNews
The attempted military coup in Turkey on July 15 has reawakened the nightmare of the era when the army regularly intervened in politics, with their stock claims that they were restoring order or “secularism” or – this time – democracy…Read more (7/18/2016)

Crackdown Following Failed Coup in Turkey Raises Concerns
Aykan Erdemir – Quoted by Sarah El Deeb, Suzan Fraser - Associated Press
Following a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government moved swiftly Sunday to shore up his power and remove those perceived as an enemy, saying it has detained 6,000 people...Read more (7/17/2016)

The failed coup in Turkey presents a 'great opportunity' for ISIS
Aykan Erdemir Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider
The failed coup against Turkey’s president will have ripple effects that extend far beyond the borders of the country...Read more (7/17/2016)

Thousands of Turks arrested after coup fails
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times
Thousands of Turkish military and judicial officials have been arrested by state security forces as Ankara cracks down on opposition factions who masterminded a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government over the weekend...Read more (7/17/2016)

Failed Coup Could Spark Anti-Semitism, Turkish ex-MP Warns
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Raphael Ahren -The Times of Israel
The attempt by some elements of the Turkish military to wrestle power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend will not endanger Ankara’s commitment to reconciliation with Israel, but could stir anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic sentiment, a former Turkish lawmaker warned...Read more (7/17/2016)

What We Learned from the Coup Attempt in Turkey
Jonathan SchanzerQuoted by Jennifer Rubin – The Washington Post
Turkey’s military coup was swiftly put down by forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The consequences will ripple for days and weeks to come, the most recent being a massive crackdown on suspected plotters…Read more (7/17/2016)

Why Turkish Solider Staged a Coup – and Ultimately Failed
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Natasha Bertrand – Business Insider
An attempted military coup by a faction within the Turkish armed forces calling itself the “Peace at Home Council” was stifled in less than 24 hours after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his supporters to take to the streets and repel the uprising…Read More (7/17/2016)

Turkey Interrupts U.S. Air Missions against ISIS at Major Base
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Eric Schmitt and Dan Bilefsky – The New York Times
The Turkish authorities on Saturday halted, at least temporarily, all American-led strike missions against the Islamic State that had been flying from the Incirlik air base — the first major impact of the attempted coup on the broader allied campaign against the terrorist group, United...Read More (7/16/2016)

Failed Coup in Turkey could allow Erdogan to tighten his Grip on the Troubled Country
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Roy Gutman and Tracy Wilkinson – The Los Angeles Times
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently put down a clumsy military coup, but the fallout, as he punishes those who challenged his government, will plunge Turkey’s domestic politics and its relations with the U.S. into new turmoil…Read More (7/16/2016)

What Pushed the Putsch against Erdogan – and What Now?
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Raziye Akkoc – Agence France-Presse
He weathered anti-government protests that lasted for months in 2013. He escaped the flames that engulfed some of his ministers in a corruption investigation nearly three years ago. And now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has survived a military coup — a boast many of his...Read More (7/16/2016)

First Take: Turkey Coup Attempt has Parallels to Egypt
Aykan ErdemirQuoted by Oren Dorell – USA Today
The military coup attempt in Turkey, the country's fifth since 1960, is reminiscent of a recent military takeover against the democratically elected president of Egypt…Read More (7/15/2016)


ABC Radio: Religion and Ethics Report
Aykan ErdemirAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses whether or not Turkey is heading toward an Islamist future…Listen here (7/20/2016)

The Arlene Bynon Show
Aykan ErdemirSirius XM Canada 
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joined Arlene Bynon to discuss the recent coup attempt in Turkey…Listen here (7/19/2016)

Up & At ‘Em
Daveed Gartenstein-RossTwin Cities News Talk AM
FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the failed coup in Turkey and its impact on combating ISIS…Listen here (7/19/2016)

The Heat
Aykan ErdemirCCTV America
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins CCTV America's panel discussion on the aftermath of Turkey's failed military coup…Watch here (7/18/2016)

John HannahThe Blaze
FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the recent coup attempt in Turkey…Watch here (7/18/2016)

Bloomberg Markets
Aykan Erdemir Bloomberg TV
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's political tensions…Watch here (7/18/2016)

Up & At 'Em
Daveed Gartenstein-RossTwin Cities News Talk AM 1130
FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the failed coup in Turkey and its impact on combating ISIS…Listen here (7/18/2016)

News 24
Aykan ErdemirAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on the coup plotters from over the weekend…Watch here (7/18/2016)

The Schilling Show
Merve TahirogluWINA
Merve Tahiroglu, research associate from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins the show to discusses all that is going on in Turkey, and specifically what happened over the past weekend…Listen here (7/18/2016)

BBC World News
John HannahBBC
FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah talks about the failed coup and political future for Turkey...Watch here (7/17/2016)

Up All Night
Aykan ErdemirBBC Radio 5
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the failed military coup in Turkey, President Erdogan, and what is at stake in the coming months in the aftermath of the plot...Listen here (7/17/2016)

Sunday Nights with John Cleary
Aykan ErdemirAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Turkish Analyst Dr Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish parliament, and current fellow at the Washington based Foundation for Defense of Democracies begins this hour by examining what's behind the Turkish coup...Listen here (7/17/2016)

BBC World News
Jonathan SchanzerBBC
FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the attempted coup in Turkey…Watch here (7/16/2016)

Eric S, EdelmanPBS
Eric S. Edleman, a Senior Advisor to FDD's Turkey Program, comments on the recent coup attempt and Erdogan's response…Watch here (7/16/2016)

America's News HQ
Aykan ErdemirFox News
FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the future of Turkish democracy under Erdogan following the recent coup attempt…Watch here (7/16/2016)

Bloomberg <GO> 
Daveed Gartenstein-RossBloomberg TV
FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross reacts to the apparent coup underway in Turkey…Watch here (7/15/2016)

The O'Reilly Factor
Jonathan SchanzerFox News
FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the military's attempted coup in Turkey and how it will impact regional stability…Watch here (7/15/2016)

AP Radio
Jonathan SchanzerAP Radio
FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the unfolding military coup attempt in Turkey…Listen here (7/15/2016)