VIL -MILITARY RELATIONS IN TURKEY: THE AK PARTY ERA

Abstract

Author(s): Yusuf ZKIR

The relationship between civil-military relations is one of the important issues of Turkish politics and sociology. Every decade, the army intervened in politics with its armed force; has influenced the parameters of society, politics and even economy and determined the limits. In this study, civil-military transformation that have lived in the country were examined at period of AK Party which has governed the country interruptedly since 3 November 2002. In this direction, the main events which reveals the spirit of every period and the parameters of the period were analyzed firstly by classifying the period of AK Party. For this purpose, the April 27 e-memorandum, the 367 crisis that emerged during the presidential elections process, the status quo Kemalist soldiers and events attempting to mortgage democratic life and national will as a coup attempt by FETÖ has been described in a holistic manner. In this context, the reform steps by the AK Party, led by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, were elaborated and political photo of Turkey's transformation was illustrated with descriptive method with democratic transformation. In this way, despite the pressure of the status quo Kemalist soldiers and different ideological groups, it was revealed that the AK Party which ruled the country with the authority given by the national will has achieved permanent transformations in the civil-military relations that will affect the present and the future.

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