BY Wendy Lawton
WATSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
When sociologist Amy Austin Holmes was at the Free University of
Berlin, getting a master’s degree in political science, the reminders of
America’s occupation were everywhere. In West Berlin alone there was
the John F. Kennedy School, and Checkpoint Charlie, and vintage signs
that still ominously announced “YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR.”
Right on campus, an old Army barracks had been converted into a
dormitory. Her mind turned. Why did so much attention get paid to
American military policy, but not the military’s physical presence on
foreign soil? Where are U.S. troops stationed, and what impact do these
soldiers have on the countries they’re meant to protect?
These questions led to her doctoral dissertation and, now, a book and a film produced by this Watson postdoctoral fellow.
Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since
1945 will be released this month from Cambridge University Press.
Occupy Turkey: Resistance in Baseworld, a 67-minute documentary and a
companion to the book, previewed at Watson in April, and will be
screened throughout the Middle East this fall.