The Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul was closed down during the Gezi Park protests in 2013. This former symbol of Turkey’s revered founding father is today adorned with large photos of its current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who successfully defeated an attempted military coup d’etat on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Some of you might have chimed into yesterday’s live Google Hangout on Turkey’s thwarted coup. For those who didn’t and prefer audio to video, we’ve adapted it into an episode of our podcast series. WOTR’s Ryan Evans spoke with Selim Koru of TEPAV in Turkey, Burak Kadercan of the U.S. Naval War College, Aaron Stein of the Atlantic Council, and Joshua Walker of the German Marshall Fund to try to sort through the violent events of last weekend in Turkey and the heated political aftermath.