- An attempted military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place late Friday
- Jenny White: Friday's attempted coup 'took Turkey out of Europe and placed it squarely in the Middle East'
Jenny White is a professor of Turkish studies at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and the author of 'Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks.' The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)Until Friday afternoon, Turkey remained a competent and stable, if problematic, country that served as a buffer between Europe and the imploding Middle East and a partner for the United States. It suffered from terrorist attacks like European countries, and shared a world where solidarity could be demonstrated by Facebook posts and projecting the Turkish flags on national monuments.