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Esra Özyürek


Commemorating the Failed Coup in Turkey

[Statue of Honor, also known as the Ataturk Monument, Samsun, Turkey. Image by Cobija via Wikimedia Commons.]

The coup attempt of 15 July 2016 was a major surprise to political actors in Turkey and observers outside Turkey alike. In the days before 15 July there was a surprising rapprochement between the AKP government and the Turkish army in the face of renewed war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Observers were focused on Turkey’s strained relations with the European Union on the one hand, and the United States on the other; worried about human rights violations and ...

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Esra Özyürek


Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics.