Civil-Military Relationships in Developing Countriesby Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi (Editor), Glen Segell (Editor), Pita Ogaba Agbese (Contribution by), Yoram Evron (Contribution by), Mary Jo Halder (Contribution by)
This book examines two sides of civil–military relations in developing countries. One is the place of civil-military relations within a state’s political and economic systems; the other is the role of the military on a state’s maintenance of peace and stability. The book thus proposes that the function of soldiers is not only to defend and deter, but also to develop. The chapters provide a comprehensive analysis of civil–military relationship with comparative cases on Botswana, China, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, and The Arab Spring Countries of the Middle East including Bahrain, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. Each chapter analyzes the historical, cultural and political factors that shape the direction of the man on the white horse (military elite) and the politician. In doing so, this book reveals the potential impact of the nature of civil military relations on democratization, political and economic development, and on regional/international security.
Dhirendra Vajpeyi and Glen Segell discuss and critique the current models and literature on civil-military relations. The innovative framework and careful choice of case studies, presented in a jargon-free, accessible style, makes this book attractive to scholars and students of civil military relations and development studies, as well as policymakers.
The book includes distinct examples from almost twenty different developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The assorted analyses provide a wide scope of civil–military relations: on the one hand, successful cases where the military institute takes upon itself nation-building missionsthus contributing and in fact enhancing the country’s political development, modernization, and economic growth; and on the other hand, instances of destructive civil–military relations that result in political instability, economic stagnation, conflicts, and even bloody clashes between the armed forces and the civil society. The diligent reader will find here possible explanations to this diversity, as well as some clues for better decision-making.
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Meet the Author
Dhirendra Vajpeyi is professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. He is editor of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Human Security: A Comparative Analysis and Water Resource Conflict and International Security: A Global Perspective.
Glen Segell is lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and scientist at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel-Aviv.
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