The 15 July 2016 Failed Coup and the Security Sector

Yaprak Gursoy

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This chapter explains the 15 July 2016 coup attempt by examining the security sector reforms in civil-military relations, intelligence and police services that took place during the Justice and Development Party (AKP) era. It argues that the reforms created forces loyal to the government, which prevented a successful coup. However, it was also the events of the prior decade that sowed the seeds of the coup by disturbing the existing balance of power between different groups and institutions. The chapter concludes by looking at the changes in the security sector in the aftermath of the coup as “unlearned” lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics
EditorsAlpaslan Ozerdem, Matthew Whiting
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351387477
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics on 9 Apr 2019, available online:


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