2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations

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ISBN 9780367540425
November 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This 2nd edition of The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations offers a wide-ranging, internationally focused overview of the field of civil-military relations.

The armed forces are central actors in most societies and are involved in many different roles. Amongst other activities, they engage in peace operations, support the police in fighting crime, support civilian authorities in dealing with natural disasters, and fight against terrorists and in internal conflicts. The existing literature on this subject is limited in its discussion of warfighting and thus does not do justice to the variety of roles. This 2nd edition not only fills this important lacuna but offers an up-to-date comparative analysis and provides a conceptual framework to analyse how strategies can realistically be implemented. Amalgamating ideas from key thinkers in the field, the book is organized into three main thematic parts: Part I: Civil-Military Relations in Non-Democratic States and Illiberal Democracies; Part II: Civil-Military Relations in New Democracies; Part III: Civil-Military Relations in Established Democracies.

This handbook will be essential reading for students and practitioners in the fields of civil-military relations, defense studies, war and conflict studies, international security, and IR in general.

Table of Contents


Aurel Croissant

1. Introduction: Democratic Civil-Military Relations in 21st Century

Cristiana Matei, Carolyn Halladay and Thomas Bruneau

Part I: Case Studies of Civil – Military Relations in Non-Democratic States and Illiberal Democracies: The Issue of Control

2. Civil-Military Relations in Putin’s Russia

Ihor Kovalevskyi

3. Civil-Military Relations in a Non-Democratic State: The Case of Thailand

Paul Chambers

4. The Transformation of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Armed Force under Chávez and Maduro Harold Trinkunas

5. Saudi Arabia: A Story of Military Allegiance

Ayman Al-Yassini

6. Bolivia: A Tale of Praetorianism

Brendan de Brun

7. The Republic of Niger: The Military as a Security and Political Actor

Sebastian Elischer

8. Uganda: Civilian Control of the Military and Its Limits

Michael Skarda

9. Turkey: The Illusion of Civilian Control: Effectiveness in the Justice and Development Party Era

Kevin McCaskey and Catherine L. Grant

10. Singapore: Civil-Military Fusion and Militarized Civilians

Shannon Brown

Part II: Case Studies of Civil-Military Relations in New Democracies: The Issue of Effectiveness in Different Roles and Missions

11. Peacekeeping and Civil-Military Relations in Uruguay

Diego Esparza

12. Election Security and Democratic Civil-Military Relations in Ghana

Rachel Sigman

13. Indonesia: The Pitfalls of Imperfect Civilian Control for Military Effectiveness

Philip Lorenz

14. Tunisia: The Politics of Nonintervention

Kevin McCaskey

15. The South Korean Military’s Peacekeeping Missions: A Story of Effectiveness

Erik Leklem

16. Civil-Military Dividends of a Majoritarian State: The Case of Sri Lanka

Anshu Chatterjee

17. Brazil: The Ebb and Flow of Democratic Civilian Control

Thomas C. Bruneau and Florina Cristiana Matei

18. Greece: After the Seven Year Itch of Military Rule

Konstantinos Kokkalis

19. Peru: When Presidents Go Praetorian

Clay Oeffinger and Florina Cristiana Matei

Part III: Case Studies of Civil-Military Relations in Established Democracies: The Dynamics of Change in Control and Effectiveness

20. The Soldier’s Tradition and Civil-Military Relations in Germany

Donald Abenheim

21. Civil-Military Relations in Great Britain and the "Special Relationship"

Todd Greentree

22. Women and the Armed Forces

Angela Grdina

23. The United States: Countering Terrorism Operations

Paul Shemella

24. From Tragedy to Success in Colombia: The Centrality of Effectiveness in Civil-Military Relations

Thomas C. Bruneau and Richard B. Goetze Jr.

25. The Civil-Military Relations Bureaucratic Machinery in Australia

Michael Evans

26. Conclusion

David Pion-Berlin

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Florina Cristiana Matei is a Lecturer at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School, USA.

Carolyn Halladay is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Associate at the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, USA.

Thomas C. Bruneau is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, USA.