Erdogan and the Derin Devlet

What is the power dynamic between President Erdogan and the Sabbatean-controlled Derin Devlet deep state domestic intelligence apparatus? Erdogan has always ruled at the pleasure of the Derin Devlet, which has consistently refrained from unseating him. Erdogan always had limited political space to maneuver in domestic politics in terms of what reforms he could enact and the policies he could champion. The bottom line is that Turkey has quite remarkably and only due to the Sabbatean influence remained a secular state after twenty years with the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Foreign policy was always crafted jointly by Erdogan and senior diplomats controlled by the Derin Devlet as Erdogan was never fully in control over Turkish foreign policy. Now however, the Derin Devlet has taken control over foreign policy in aligning Turkey with the Israel-led emerging new regional security architecture. While the Derin Devlet has significant influence over Erdogan and has effectively turned him into a puppet in terms of foreign policy, Erdogan has zero influence over the Derin Devlet whose existence he acknowledges although he dares not publicly criticize the Derin Devlet. What we see however is a slow rolling coup d’état in preparation for the 2023 elections which Erdogan is expected to lose. Thus, the Derin Devlet is incrementally depriving Erdogan of actual power in anticipation of his 2023 election defeat.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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