Turkish Professional Military Education and Civilian Control


BILIG, no.79, pp.173-198, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.173-198
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to examine whether or not the Turkish professional military education is consistent with the necessities of objective civilian control, which is deemed as the prerequisite for political control in democracies. Objective civilian control is an approach premised on separate institutional role for the political and the military leaders. This mode of political control is the crux of the current civil-military paradigm developed by Huntington and, it is the cornerstone of Western thinking with regard to democratic control of armed forces. The study concludes that there is a need to make certain revisions in the Turkish professional military education to respond to the need for objective civilian control and contemporary forms of democratic civilian control.