Turkey’s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia’s Apathy

Hakkı Taş (2014) ‘‘Turkey’s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia’s Apathy,’ Insight Turkey 16(1): 163-179. Full Text

Abstract: The Gladio Scandal in Europe and, more recently, Turkey’s Ergenekon trials highlight the importance of hidden power networks behind the façade of parliamentary democracy. Dubbed as “deep state” in the Turkish context, the phenomenon suffers from a scarcity of scholarly analyses. This paper demonstrates the lack of academic interest in this complex issue in Europe, and Turkey in particular. After reviewing the central currents in the academic literature on the Turkish deep state, it offers an analysis of the Ergenekon affair in continuity with Turkey’s recent past.

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