Erdoğan wanted to build a “neo-Ottoman” empire but missed out on what is strategically most important—real influence in the Middle East
Tag: 2016 Turkey coup
It’s tempting to blame the country’s recent slide into repression on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s thirst for personal power. But did the ruling Islamist party ever really abandon the country’s long tradition of state authoritarianism?
Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues.
However you look at the violence in Turkey, the fallout is to President Erdogan’s advantage.