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Weekend Roundup: The Last Gasp of Atatürk

If the aim of the coup plotters was to derail Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s march toward autocratic rule and restore the country firmly on the secular path envisioned by its modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, their failure achieved the opposite result. The last gasp of Atatürk has breathed new life into Erdoğan’s troubled and troubling tenure. Oxford scholar Azeem Ibrahim credits the development of Turkey’s vibrant civil society and economy to the secular Kemalist vision and the stability secured over the years by the military and judiciary. “But the failed coup … marks an end to all that,” he writes. “And this may very well be the end of the Kemalist Turkish Republic.” In an interview, Yusuf Muftuoglu , a top advisor to former Turkish President Abdullah Gül, explains the forces behind the coup and the resistance to it

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Weekend Roundup: The Last Gasp of Atatürk

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