The Situation in Turkey – In Brief

The ongoing attempted coup in Turkey (a fluid situation that may be resolved as this is published online) reflects a tension that has existed in Turkey since the reformations of Ataturk. To greatly summarize a lot of history, military coups are a feature, not a bug, of the Turkish system and they are intended to prevent the civilian government from becoming too Islamist.
If this is a legitimate coup then its failure might lead to a more Islamic, more strident, and more aggressive Turkey. We may be in the odd position of the failure of a military coup being the poorer outcome.