Repression is an often overlooked consequence of coup attempts, say Jonathan Powell and OEF's Curtis Bell in their recent post on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. Turkey's recent coup attempt prompted a government crackdown on its political opponents and the flow of public information. Powell and Bell find that despite neighboring leaders' fears that coup attempts are contagious, what actually appears to be contagious is the repression that the coup attempts trigger in neighboring countries. This, the authors say, "suggests Turkey's coup attempt may have worse consequences for vocal dissidents in other countries than it will for other world leaders."
Read the full post here. Also see an earlier post by the same authors on some unexpected reasons Turkey's coup attempt was unusual.