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Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development

Military Missions in Democratic Latin America

Authors: 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 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.

About the authors

David Pion-Berlin is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, USA.

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“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)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Military Missions in Democratic Latin America
Authors
Series Title
Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59270-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59270-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59269-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 218
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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