De Bruin Publishes Article on Coup Prevention in Iraq - Hamilton College

De Bruin Publishes Article on Coup Prevention in Iraq

Erica De Bruin
Erica De Bruin

Erica De Bruin, assistant professor of government, published an online article in Foreign Affairs titled "Coup-Proofing for Dummies: The Benefits of Following the Maliki Playbook" on July 27.

The article examines the trades-offs rulers face between coup prevention and military effectiveness. In an effort to "coup-proof" his regime, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has divided and politicized Iraq's security forces, undermining military effectiveness. As a result, he's taken much of the blame for Iraq's poor performance against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Yet De Bruin argues that Maliki's actions are rational. For individual leaders, the consequences of a coup are much more serious than those of military defeat. And the evidence suggests that coup-proofing works. This means that the problem of how to improve military effectiveness in Iraq won't go away when Maliki leaves office.

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