New CESS Book on Civil-Military Relations in Turkey

One of the areas in which Turkey needs to carry out extensive reforms to prepare for EU accession is the role of the military in politics and society. A new book called Governance and the Military: Perspectives for Change in Turkey (available for free downloading here: Harmonie Papers) reviews the progress Turkey has made in this field. It describes major institutional changes like the restructuring of the National Security Council and explores ways in which Turkey could bring its defence organisation closer into line with EU practice. The book also critically reviews the behaviour of the military in the realm of policy and politics. Finally, the book calls on the European Commission to be clearer and more consistent in the demands it makes of Turkey in the field of civil-military relations. The book, number 19 in the series of Harmonie Papers, is an outcome of a two-year programme managed by CESS in co-operation with the Istanbul Policy Centre and sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It contains four papers written by Turkish and Dutch defence experts for the international task force convened especially for this programme, as well as the final report of the task force, written by David Greenwood. The editors, Sami Faltas and Sander Jansen, have also included a paper by a CESS intern who was seconded Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. Clearly, Turkey has made major steps toward meeting the expectations of the EU regarding the role of the military in politics and society. But the country still has some way to go. In their introduction, the editors call the integration of Turkey into the EU a great adventure. They are happy to associate themselves with those who are trying to make it a success.



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