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This article reviews studies on civil-military relations by David Betz (Russia), Daniel Nelson (Romania and Bulgaria), Natalie Mychajlysyn (Ukraine), Marybeth Ulrich (Czech Republic), and Mark Yaniszewski (Poland and Hungary). All note minimal progress in developing a cadre of civilian defense...
This article critically analyzes post-Communist Polish and Hungarian civil-military reforms in the context of five issues: (1) the dismantling of Communist-era control mechanisms; (2) the establishment of clear and constitutionally-guaranteed lines of civilian authority; (3) the enactment of...
This article links underdeveloped national security systems with poor defense capabilities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The problems highlighted in the Czech and Slovak cases are indicative of the struggle across the postcommunist political space to grow mature national security systems....
Armed forces, defense ministries, and broader national security structures sometimes resist political accountability and guidance. In other cases, they are penetrated and manipulated by political forces. What explains these variations of "politicization"? Using the case studies of postcommunist...
Ukraine's progress towards a fully functioning democratic, civilian model has been weak. Due to the weakness of the military as a political force in Ukraine, this lack of progress itself does not threaten Ukraine's domestic stability. Instead, of greater concern and potential impact are the...
Under the leadership of Presidents Yeltsin and Putin the authorities in the Kremlin have well understood that the armed forces need to be tightly controlled, but they have shown a consistent preference for control from the top with minimal societal intervention or influence. The army is...
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