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Cadres decide everything – Turkey’s reform of its military
Cadres decide everything – Turkey’s reform of its military

Author(s): Mateusz R. Chudziak
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Turkey; military
Summary/Abstract: Over the last two years, the Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetlerı – TSK) have been subject to transformations with no precedent in the history of Turkey as a republic. The process of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) subordinating the army to civilian government has accelerated following the failed coup that took place on 15 July 2016. The government has managed to take away the autonomy of the armed forces which, while retaining their enormous significance within the state apparatus, ceased to be the main element consolidating the old Kemalist elites. However, the unprecedented scale of the purges and the introduction of formal civilian control of the military are merely a prelude to a much more profound change intended to create a brand new military, one that would serve the authorities and be composed of a new type of personnel – individuals from outside the army’s traditional power base. This reflects the reshuffle of the elites that happened during AKP’s rule.

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English