Civil-Military Relations in Post-Communist Europe: Reviewing the Transition

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Fifteen years after the fall of communism, we are able to appraise the results of the multi-faceted postcommunist transition in Central and Eastern Europe with authority. This volume specifically addresses the fascinating area of Civil-Military relations throughout this transitional period.

The countries of the region inherited a onerous legacy in this area: their armed forces were part of the communist party-state system and most were oriented towards Cold War missions; they ...

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Overview

Fifteen years after the fall of communism, we are able to appraise the results of the multi-faceted postcommunist transition in Central and Eastern Europe with authority. This volume specifically addresses the fascinating area of Civil-Military relations throughout this transitional period.

The countries of the region inherited a onerous legacy in this area: their armed forces were part of the communist party-state system and most were oriented towards Cold War missions; they were large in size and supported by high levels of defence spending; and they were based on universal male conscription. Central and eastern European states have thus faced a three fold civil-military reform challenge: establishing democratic and civilian control over their armed forces; implementing organisational reform to meet the security and foreign policy demands of the new era; and redefining military bases for legitimacy in society.

This volume assesses the experiences of Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Ukraine and Russia in these areas. Collectively these countries illustrate the way in which the interaction of broadly similar postcommunist challenges and distinct national contexts have combined to produce a wide variety of different patterns of civil-military relations.

This book was previously published as a special issue of European Security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415376310
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Edmunds is a Lecturer in Development and Security at the Department of Politics, University of Bristol

Andrew Cottey is Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration and a Lecturer at the Department of Government, University College Cork.

Anthony Forster is Professor of Politics and International Relations and Head of Department at the Department of Politics, University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Civil-Military Relations in Postcommunist Europe: Assessing the Transition 2. The Half-Hearted Transformation of the Hungarian Military 3. The Transformation of Postcommunist Civil-Military Relations in Poland 4. Democracy and Defence in Latvia: Thirteen Years of Development: 1991—2004 5. Civil-Military Relations in Croatia: Politicisation and Politics of Reform 6. The Transformation of Romanian Civil-Military Relations: Enabling Force Projection 7. Civil-Military Relations in Serbia-Montenegro: An Army in Search of a State 8. Vladimir Putin and Military Reform in Russia 9. Ukraine: Reform in the Context of Flawed Democracy and Geopolitical Anxiety

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