Military Missions in Democratic Latin America - Pion-Berlin, David
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This book demonstrates through country case studies that, contrary to received wisdom, Latin American militaries can contribute productively, but under select conditions, to non-traditional missions of internal security, disaster relief, and social programs. Latin American soldiers are rarely at war, but have been called upon to perform these missions in both lethal and non-lethal ways. Is this beneficial to their societies or should the armed forces be left in the barracks? As inherently conservative institutions, they are at their best, the author demonstrates, when tasked with missions that…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book demonstrates through country case studies that, contrary to received wisdom, Latin American militaries can contribute productively, but under select conditions, to non-traditional missions of internal security, disaster relief, and social programs. Latin American soldiers are rarely at war, but have been called upon to perform these missions in both lethal and non-lethal ways. Is this beneficial to their societies or should the armed forces be left in the barracks? As inherently conservative institutions, they are at their best, the author demonstrates, when tasked with missions that draw on pre-existing organizational strengths that can be utilized in appropriate and humane ways. They are at a disadvantage when forced to reinvent themselves. Ultimately, it is governments that must choose whether or not to deploy soldiers, and they should do so, based on a pragmatic assessment of the severity and urgency of the problem, the capacity of the military to effectively respond, and the availability of alternative solutions.
  • Produktdetails
  • Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development
  • Verlag: Springer Palgrave Macmillan; Palgrave Macmillan Us
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: .978-1-349-95361-5, 978-1-349-95361-5
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • Erscheinungstermin: 14. März 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 211mm x 149mm x 17mm
  • Gewicht: 306g
  • ISBN-13: 9781349953615
  • ISBN-10: 134995361X
  • Artikelnr.: 50975182
Autorenporträt
David Pion-Berlin is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, USA. He is a Latin Americanist whose numerous books and articles have focused on civil-military relations, defense, security, and human rights.
Inhaltsangabe
1. Assessing Military Missions.- 2. Defense.- 3. Internal Security.- 4. Disaster Relief.- 5. Social Programs.- 6. Conclusion.
Rezensionen
“Pion-Berlin deserves much praise for broadening the perspective of civil–military relations research on Latin America … . the book is well-written and very accessible, the chapters follow a sensible and well-organized structure … . Military Missions in Democratic Latin America will be of particularly value for scholars interested in the diversification of duties faced by the region’s militaries and the increasing complexity of civil–military relations in consolidating third-wave democracies.” (David Kuehn, Democratization, Vol. 24 (5), 2017)