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Motives for reforms on civil–military relations in Turkey

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This article examines the progress and shortcomings of democratic control of armed forces (DCAF) reforms in Turkey and seeks to question how Turkey might be further motivated to implement reforms. It questions official motives in each reform process and finds two main motives for progress: the prospect of EU accession and democratization. It finds the motive for the existing shortcomings as the goal for allowing a degree of authority for military within DCAF in order to prevent political abuse of military power. Thus it seems that Turkey might be motivated to overcome these shortcomings only when its understanding of DCAF details a full subordination of military to civilian authority.
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Keywords: DCAF; European Union; Turkey; civil–miliary relations; military

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of International Relations, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey 2: Department of History, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: April 2, 2016

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