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Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy

Abstract

In just about three months, 196 active-duty and retired officers are scheduled to go on trial in Turkey, charged with plotting in 2003 to overthrow the then-newly elected Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The alleged coup plot—codenamed Operation Sledgehammer—involved horrifying acts, including the bombing of mosques and the downing of a Turkish fighter, aimed at destabilizing the government and paving the way for martial law and eventual takeover.

Citation

Dogan, Pinar, and Dani Rodrik. "A Turkish Tragedy." National Interest, September 27, 2010.