August 19, 2016-- Professor Aslı Bâli authored an article for Dissent Magazine contextualizing the failed Turkish Coup attempt in the wake of the war in Syria, an unstable economy, and an unnerved population. The coup attempt occurred on July 15.
“Turkey’s cycle of military coups may finally have ended with the failed coup of July 15. That surely is something to celebrate. But Turkey remains in the grips of a cyclical pattern whereby those in power view the state as an asset to be seized, hollowed out, and remade in their image. So long as governing is equated with excluding and eliminating opposition and democracy is defined in strictly majoritarian terms, this cycle will continue.”