Private Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy: William Pawley and the 1954 Coup d'tat in Guatemala

  title={Private Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy: William Pawley and the 1954 Coup d'tat in Guatemala},
  author={Max Holland},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Max Holland
  • Published 13 October 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
As a wealthy American businessman and former ambassador, William Pawley was a key actor in PBSUCCESS, the covert operation that brought down the government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmn in Guatemala in 1954.The anti-Arbenz rebels, led by Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, could not have defeated the Guatemalan army on their own. The key to a successful coup was getting the army to act on their behalf, and in this regard, control of the air was vital. Pawley, owing to his knowledge of Latin America and… 
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