Image by Yıldız Yazıcıoğlu, via Wikimedia Commons.  Accessed 05.06.2018


Following previous Shadow Governance Intel analysis on the formation of parallel security structures loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (see: “Erdoğan’s Praetorian Guards – How Turkey is Leveraging Illicit Networks”, 22.08.2017), this analysis focuses on how old parallel security structures have been co-opted by the current ruling elite in Turkey.

After the massive purges in the Turkish security sector as a direct consequence of the failed military coup, President Erdoğan appears to have aligned his political agenda with an informal group that espouses an ultra-nationalist ideology, supports the militarisation of all conflicts surrounding Turkey, and backs a rapprochement with Eastern partners (e.g. Iran, Russia and China).

Key Points

  • A new political grouping emerging in Turkey, which is allied to President Erdoğan, is led by Doğu Perinçek - a popular figure in Turkish politics, characterised by his ultra-nationalist, Communist and anti-Western political ideology.
  • After having been originally purged in 2008 by then Prime Minister Erdoğan, this group now appears to be serving President Erdoğan’s political agenda; which, since 2015, has drifted towards a more nationalist political rhetoric, and the militarisation of Turkey’s political conflicts.