Second Anniversary of the July 15 Coup Attempt

Please join THO and BAU on  Monday, July 16, for an exclusive interview with Ret. General, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces, Salih Zeki Colak. This event will focus on the second anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt that took place in 2016.

Born in Akçaabat (Trabzon), Salih Zeki Colak is a retired general of the Turkish military. He graduated from the Military Academy of Artillery and Missile school in 1975. After participating in various military programs and operations within Turkey and abroad, he became the Commander of the High Military Post-Army Land Forces Command in 2015. Salih Zeki Çolak served as a Western European Union Military Representative in the NATO Turkish Military Representative Council in Brussels-Belgium in 1995-1998. On the night of the July 15th coup attempt he was taken hostage by his subordinates in the military. In 2017, it was announced that Salih Zeki Colak retired after completing his services to the nation of Turkey. 

Dr. M. Hakan Yavuz, currently a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, works on secularism, ethnic conflict, transnational Islamic networks, civil society, and the public sphere.Dr. Yavuz received his earlier education in Ankara, Turkey, and graduated with a B.A. from the Siyasal Bilgiler Fakultesi (Faculty of Political Sciences) at Ankara University. He received his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent a semester at the Hebrew University, Israel (1990). He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998).He is the author of Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey (2009), Islamic Political Identity in Turkey (2003), and Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Gülen Movement (2003, edited with John Esposito), as well as numerous journal articles in both English and Turkish.

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield is a Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Center. He has served as a national security official in the administrations of Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and G.W. Bush. Amb. Bloomfield was appointed by President Bush to be the U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09 with the rank of Ambassador. From 2001-2005 he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, also serving as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89). Amb. Bloomfield founded Palmer Coates LLC in 2005. A graduate of Harvard College (a.b. cum laude, 1974) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D., 1980) where he was Director of The Fletcher Forum, the school’s foreign affairs journal.  

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