Wednesday, June 24, 2020
This is mainly because of Erdogan's politicisation of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) after the July 2016 failed coup. His fear of the generals, a power struggle within the TSK (notorious for frequent coups, although the most recent attempt failed) and his military adventures abroad have come to the fore with talk of a coup.
- Any officer in a position to attempt a coup will either be kept under close watch or shifted from any real position of authority.
- The YAS meeting due in August may indicate what influence Defence Minister Akar has over senior-level promotions and retirements.
- Turkey's S-400 purchase from Russia will continue to upset US-Turkish military relations, but not improve Turkey's air defence.