The Challenge of Military Reform in Postcommunist Europe: Building Professional Armed Forces

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This major comparative study examines the challenges faced by countries of postcommunist Europe in reforming and professionalizing their armed forces. It explores how the interaction of the common challenges of postcommunism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries shape professionalization processes in this changing region. The detailed country case studies in this volume, written by leading experts to a common analytical framework, compare the experiences of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, ...

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Overview

This major comparative study examines the challenges faced by countries of postcommunist Europe in reforming and professionalizing their armed forces. It explores how the interaction of the common challenges of postcommunism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries shape professionalization processes in this changing region. The detailed country case studies in this volume, written by leading experts to a common analytical framework, compare the experiences of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, FRY, Russia, and Ukraine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333946213
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Series: One Europe or Several? Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Anthony Forster is Director of the Department of Defense Studies, and Timothy Edmunds is Lecturer, both at the Joint Services Command and Staff College College, Swindon, UK. Andrew Cottey is Lecturer, Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Table
List of the Contributors
Preface
1 Introduction: the Professionalisation of Armed Forces in Postcommunist Europe 1
Pt. I Central Europe 17
2 Professionalisation of the Polish Armed Forces: 'No Room for Amateurs and Undereducated Soldiers?' 19
3 Professionalisation of the Army of the Czech Republic 34
4 Professionalisation of the Slovak Armed Forces 49
5 Building Professional Competence in Hungary's Defence: Slow Motion 63
Pt. II The Baltic States 79
6 Professionalisation of the Armed Forces in Central and Eastern Europe: the Case of Latvia 81
7 Lithuanian Armed Forces: Re-Establishment, Professionalisation and Integration 97
Pt. III South-eastern Europe 113
8 Professionalisation of the Romanian Armed Forces 115
9 The New Model Army? Bulgarian Experiences of Professionalisation 133
10 Professionalisation of the Slovenian Armed Forces 149
11 A Revolution in Civil-Military Affairs: the Professionalisation of Croatia's Armed Forces 165
12 Professionalisation and the Yugoslav Army 183
Pt. IV The Former Soviet Union 195
13 De-professionalising the Russian Armed Forces 197
14 Professionalisation of Armed Forces: the Case of Ukraine 211
Pt. V Conclusion 231
15 Reforming Postcommunist Militaries 233
Index 253
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