First Book of Ömer Aslan (2017-18 Fall POLS Ph.D. Graduate): “The United States and Military Coups in Turkey and Pakistan: Between Conspiracy and Reality”
We are happy to share with you the news that Ömer Aslan, who is a Ph.D. graduate of Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, has published his first book The United States and Military Coups in Turkey and Pakistan: Between Conspiracy and Reality Ömer Aslan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Turkish National Police Academy, Turkey.
This comparative study explores the involvement of the United States in four successful military coups in Turkey and Pakistan during the Cold War. Focusing on military-to-military relations with the US in each country, the book offers insight into how external actors can impact the outcomes of coups, particularly through socialization via military training, education, and international organizations such as NATO. Drawing upon recently declassified government documents and a trove of unexplored interviews with high-ranking officials, Ömer Aslan also examines how coup plotters in both countries approached the issue of US reaction before, during, and after their coups. As armed forces have continued to make and unmake Turkish and Pakistani governments well into the twenty-first century, this volume offers original, probing analysis of the circumstances which make coups possible.