Armed Forces and Democracy

Board of Wise Men
16 August 2011
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Turkey’s agenda has long been preoccupied by the efforts of placing the civil-military relations on a democratic ground in a contemporary sense. There are certain critical points to be noted concerning civil-military relations. Civil-military relations do not pose a problem only for the countries that try to develop and consolidate their democracies, like Turkey. Contrary to popular belief, civil-military relations constitute a big concern for the many. It is quite a complicated problem that at times also arises in the western countries, which are democratically developed ones. In such countries where democracy has prospered, this problem has naturally manifested itself in different versions and dimensions.

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