Now that a major thing happened in Turkey, all TV channels in the West are flooded with Turkey “experts”. Also, social media is swarming with the op-eds of the expats living in their cozy bubbles in Turkey and the overrated analysts that are oceans away from the reality.
Assuming that you would like to avoid the righteous wrath of Ziya Meral, I selected some of the best pieces that are written by the people who really know and follow the country. For good quality analyses and stories, you would do well to follow them.
- “Turkey has had lots of coups. Here’s why this one failed.” by Steven A. Cook of Council on Foreign Affairs – Washington Post. Cook is a senior Middle East expert with a special interest in Turkey.
- “The view from Taksim Square” by William Armstrong – The times Literary supplement (TLS). William is an İstanbul-based writer and a journalist. He regularly writes a column for Hurriyet Daily News in which he reviews books on Turkey and has a blog that he uses to publish his podcasts/interviews with the authors of the books he reviews.
- “Welcome to the Turkish Winter: The Great Purge Is Just Beginning” by Burak Kadercan – War on the Rocks. Burak Kadercan is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College.
- “Lack of Public Support Thwarts Coup in Turkey” by Claire Sadar – Muftah.org. Claire Sadar’s the co-editor of Muftah.org. She also has a blog focusing on Turkey.
- “Why Turkey’s Coup Didn’t Stand a Chance” by Metin Gürcan – Al Monitor. Metin Gürcan is a renowned security analyst and a former member of the Turkish Armed Forces.
- “Exclusive: all the details about the air ops and aerial battle over Turkey during the military coup to depose Erdogan” by David Cenciotti – Theaviationist.com. David Cenciotti is an aviation blogger and a journalist. The article is an in-depth military analysis of the air battle during the coup attempt. And it has extensive contribution of defense analyst and an astronautical engineer Arda Mevlütoğlu.
- “Turkey’s Baffling Coup” by Dani Rodrik – Project Syndicate. Dani Rodrik is a Turkish economist at Harvard University. In 2011 his father in law was jailed in Balyoz inquiry. His and Pınar Doğan’s relentless efforts exposed many unlawful practices -especially those in Ergenekon and Balyoz cases- of the Gülenists nested within the state institutions.
- And bonus: “Darks Days Ahead” – the American Interest. I co-wrote the article with the respected American journalist and scholar Claire Berlinski who used to be based in İstanbul. She is currently living in Paris and writing a book on the new Europe.