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Turkey After the Failed Coup: Democracy and Security

Chatham House, London


Dr Esra Özyürek, Associate Professor, Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies, European Institute, LSE
Bill Park, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
Barçin Yinanç, Deputy Editor, Hurriyet Daily News
Chair: Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to the failed coup of 15 July by imposing a state of emergency and temporarily suspending the European Convention on Human Rights, suspending or dismissing 80,000 state officials from their positions. The government has also rounded up and detained at least 35,000 people - including journalists, academics, military personnel, bureaucrats and corporate executives - it accuses of aiding the Pennsylvania-based self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan has publically accused of trying to destabilize Turkish democracy.
With the fine line between security and the democratic rule of law being tested by Erdogan’s response to the attempted coup, our expert panel will look at the future of Turkey’s secular, democratic principles. They will analyse the stated goals of the government’s post-15 July strategies and the proportionality of the actions ordered by Erdogan in relation to achieving these goals. They will also discuss the potential effects of the current situation on Turkey’s relations with EU and NATO allies.