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Regime Change in Contemporary TurkeyPolitics, Rights, Mimesis$
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Necati Polat

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416962

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416962.001.0001

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(p.319) Conclusion
Regime Change in Contemporary Turkey

Necati Polat

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter muses generally on the regime change in Turkey, its potentialities as well as perils, giving thought in the light of the discussion in the foregoing chapters to a genuine and lasting idea of change against the ostensibly uninterrupted flow of ‘desire’, which, in the sense used by Girard, may have ‘mimetically’ kept rendering the actors in Turkey’s political culture into mere ‘clones’ of each other, despite the apparent cleavages between them on the surface. The chapter also revisits Turkey’s Middle East policy under Davutoğlu, the crisis with the downing of a Russian jet in 2015, the Kurdish policy in the aftermath of the failed ‘settlement process’, the jihadist carnage in the greater region and the response of the local Islamists, and the likelihood of a more dramatic change in the regime under Erdogan that would do away with secularism altogether, as increasingly feared by the republican opposition.

Keywords:   Davutoglu, Erdogan, Girard, Islamism, Kurds, Middle East, mimesis, regime change, Russia, secularism

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