Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Big change in the works for Turkish Gendarmerie

The Turkish government has announced that the 175-year-old, 190,000-strong Gendarmerie will be transferred from the armed forces to the Ministry of Interior, according to this article in Al-Monitor:
On the eve of this major transformation, which will have deep implications for the security structure of the country, the debate on the subject is almost farcical. For example, nine daily newspapers that led on Oct. 23 with the report that the gendarmerie was to be put under the Ministry of Interior, found the most important issue to be discussed was what would be the color of the new gendarmerie uniform instead of its current khaki green.
Three major trends of opinion have developed around this major decision. The first group unconditionally supports the idea of attaching the gendarmerie to the Ministry of Interior, the second supports the decision for political and technical reasons and the third group, although agreeing in principle to putting the gendarmerie under civilian control, asks, “Why now?”
Plainly there are political implications to such a shift, but from the Global Military Justice Reform perspective, what change does this portend for internal disciplinary processes?

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