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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006

LAS 384L • MILITARY IN POLITICS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39845 W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 232
BARANY

Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the military's role in modern state and society. The focus is on the sociopolitical character of the armed forces. We will examine the most important issues of civil-military relations, such as why is civilian control important, what types of control arrangements are conducive to healthy civil-military relations in various types of political regimes, and in what ways do military elites respond to state policies and social movements. The class begins with eight weeks of intensive readings in order to get you grounded in the literature and help you learn to appreciate the diversity of civil-military relations in different political systems. Students will write brief (one single-spaced page) discussion proposals to facilitate debate about the readings. We will conclude with student presentations (approximately 30-minute summations of your research). The seminar paper is due at the last seminar meeting (May 3); extensions will not be given save for exceptional cases (e.g., unanticipated call-up for combat duty, debilitating illness, etc.).

Grading Policy

8 discussion proposals (2.5% each) : 20 seminar participation (including presentation of the research paper) : 20 research paper (minimum 25 pages) : 60 I will assume that as graduate students you will do the readings as assigned. I want you to immerse yourselves in the books and articles in order to be able to make critical comments during the seminar meetings. Without substantive, engaged discussion the seminar will be of little use. The research paper is the most important requirement of this course. The paper should be minimum 25 double-spaced pages in length and should benefit from at least 25 different sources (books, articles, etc.). Extensive use of articles from the internet is discouraged (I want you to spend time in the library doing research the old-fashioned way; by reading books). The paper should be structurally sound and the argument(s) should be built to follow logical reasoning. Ideally, the paper would take advantage of some existing theory to inform its argument(s); it should be analytical and feature relatively little descriptive material (i.e., ask and answer the question "why?" rather than how?).

Texts

Desch, Michael C. Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Feaver, Peter D. Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard University Press, 2003) Haggani, Husain. Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005) Pion-Berlin, David, ed. Civil-Military Relations in Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Singer, P.W. Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003) Taylor, Brian. Politics and the Russian Army (Cambridge University Press, 2003) van Creveld, Martin. The Sword and the Olive: A Critical History of the Israeli Army (Public Affairs [Harper-Collins], 2002) In addition, you will need to read the following: for the January 25 meeting: 1. Huntington, Samuel P. The Soldier and the State (Harvard University Press, 1957), Chapters 1-3, pp. 7-79. 2. Feaver, Peter. "The Civil-Military Problematique: Huntington, Janowitz, and the Question of Civilian Control," Armed Forces and Society, 23:2 (Winter 1996): 149-178. 3. Friedberg, Aaron. Why Didn't the United States Become a Garrison State? International Security, 16:4 (1992): 109-137.

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