The Final Curtain for the Turkish Armed Forces? Civil-Military Relations in View of the 2011 General Elections

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Abstract

After providing a brief overview of civil – military relations in Turkey prior to theJune 12, 2011, general elections, this article focuses on the way in which the rulingAdalet veKalkınma Partisi(AKP), the oppositionCumhuriyet Halk Partisi(CHP), and theMilliyetc ̧iHareket Partisitreated this issue in their election campaigns. It argues that the AKP had adual discourse on civil – military relations and the CHP occasionally showed signs of defend-ing the role of the military in Turkish politics. However, both the victorious AKP and the mainopposition CHP adopted policies that accentuated the reduction of the military’s role in poli-tics. An analysis of the election campaigns and results suggests that until the next elections,civilian control over the military will further increase
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-211
Number of pages20
JournalTurkish Studies
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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