Istanbul Policy Center  (2004-2006)

Governance and the Military: Perspectives for Change in Turkey

Governance and the Military: Perspectives for Change in Turkey
From 2004 to 2006 Istanbul Policy Center worked in collaboration with The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) and Aurasia Strategic Research Center (ASAM) to contribute to an increased understanding in Turkey of the appropriate role of the armed forces in a democracy and thereby to help the country to come closer to complying with the political EU ( Copenhagen) criteria for membership. The parties involved recognise that the time was right to start an exercise in problem specification and awareness-raising, followed by extensive and open discussion in Turkey covering this subject-area. Taking away misunderstandings between EU conditionality on the one hand and clarifying the scope, and options for change in Turkish civil-military relations on the other would support Turkey’s democratisation process in general and would bring the country closer to EU membership. To this end the program’s goal was: make key-groups in the Turkish security community aware of European patterns of civil-military relations, the need for change and the possibility to adopt a new model of civil-military relations that fulfils European expectations and fits the particular situation in Turkey.