The failed coup in Turkey has prompted a lot of thinking about Turkey. Among other things Europe has to think hard about whether Turkey belongs in the EU.

Turkey’s domestic politics also have important implications for American foreign policy. In the short run, instability in Turkey will cause discomfort for its NATO allies and likely cause problems in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). More fundamentally, however, Turkey provides a cautionary tale about the dangers of relying on authoritarian regimes to help conduct foreign policy.

Read my take on the coup and the crackdown at Cato.org.

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About Trevor Thrall

I am a professor at George Mason University and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program.

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