[S5053] Turkey Since the July 2016 Coup Attempt

Created by SYSTEM Manager
Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am

SUMMARY:

Turkey entered a new era of confusion and uncertainty in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Government response to the coup attempt has led to unprecedented levels of investigations, arrests and imprisonments throughout the country. Empowered by the state of emergency powers, the Justice and Development Party government has used executive orders to clamp down not only on individuals and organizations suspected of having supported the coup, but also any individual or association critical of the JDP government. Over a one-year period since the coup attempt, more than one hundred thousand civil servants (including teachers, university professors, doctors, judges and others) have been fired by executive orders and more than forty thousand people have been detained on accusations of affiliation with the Gülen movement. Along with individual liberties, freedom of the press has declined rapidly. More than 184 media outlets (such as newspapers, television and radio stations) have been closed permanently and more than 170 journalists (including journalists from the main opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet) have been detained on allegations of links to the Gülen movement. More than 375 civil society organizations, including women’s rights groups and humanitarian organizations have been shut down permanently. These developments have profound implications for Turkey, for the region, and for human rights and liberties throughout the world. The papers on this panel address the current crisis in Turkey from a range of academic perspectives.

SPONSOR:

Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

DISCIPLINES:

Hist; Intl Rltns/Aff; Pol Science

MEMBERS:

Howard Eissenstat

(St. Lawrence University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hale Yilmaz

(Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer;

Asli Z. Igsiz

(New York University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Mehmet Sinan Birdal

(University of Southern California)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;
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Yigit Akin

(Tulane University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;
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Mostafa Minawi

(Cornell University)
Assistant professor of history and the director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI) at Cornell University. Board member at the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA) and delegate at large the American Research Institute in Turkey...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer;