Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Zoltan Barany


ProfessorPh.D., University of Virginia

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor, Department of Government
Zoltan Barany

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Biography


Professor Barany’s research and writing have focused on military politics, military sociology, and democratization globally throughout his career.  His early scholarship was also concerned with ethnopolitics (particularly the Gypsies/Roma) and East European politics more generally.  His current research projects include a book on Arab armies (co-authored with Philippe Droz-Vincent of the Université de Grenoble) and learning about the on-going political transition in Burma/Myanmar.

He is the author of How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why (Princeton, in press); The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (Princeton, 2012); Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military (Princeton, 2007); The Future of NATO Expansion (Cambridge, 2003); The East European Gypsies: Regime Change, Marginality, and Ethnopolitics (Cambridge, 2001); and Soldiers and Politics in Eastern Europe, 1945-90 (Macmillan, 1993).  Professor Barany is the co-editor of five other books and has published dozens of articles in academic and policy journals including Armed Forces & SocietiesComparative PoliticsEthnic & Racial StudiesGovernment  & Opposition, Journal of DemocracyJournal of Strategic StudiesParametersPolicy ReviewPolitical Science QuarterlyPresidential Studies QuarterlySecurity StudiesSlavic Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and World Politics.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).

Courses


LAS 384L • Military In Politics

39675 • Fall 2015
Meets M 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as ANS 390, GOV 390L, MES 384, REE 387)

The Military in Politics

 

GOV 390L, U#39140 (cross-listed with ILAS)

Fall 2015/BAT 5.102/M 3:30-6:30

Department of Government

Instructor: Prof. Barany

 

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 nine 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.  You 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) followed by Q&A sessions.  The seminar paper is due at the last seminar meeting (April 29); extensions will not be given save for truly exceptional cases (e.g., unanticipated call-up for combat duty, debilitating illness, etc.).

 

Grading

8 discussion proposals   (2.5% each): 20

seminar participation (including presentation of the research paper):  25

research paper (20-25 pages):  55

 

Texts

Kandil, Hazem. Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt (Verso, 2014)

 

Owens, Mackubin Thomas. U.S. Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011).

 

Payne, Stanley G., and Jesús Palacios. Franco: A Personal and Political Biography (Wisconsin, 2014).

 

Sotomayor, Arturo C. The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins, 2013).

 

Stanley, Bruce, E. Outsourcing Security: Private Military Contractors and U.S. Foreign Policy (Potomac, 2015)

 

Wilkinson, Steven I. Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy since Independence (Harvard, 2015)

LAS 384L • Military In Politics

40787 • Spring 2011
Meets M 900am-1200pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 390L, MES 381)

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.  You 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 2); extensions will 

not be given save for exceptional cases (e.g., unanticipated call-up for combat duty, 

debilitating illness, etc.).

Publications


Barany, Z. (2009) Is Democracy Exportable? Cambridge University Press.

Barany, Z. (2009) Building Democratic Armies. In Z. Barany & R.G. Moser (Eds.), Is Democracy Exportable? Cambridge University Press.

Barany, Z. (2008, June) Civil-Military Relations and Institutional Decay: Explaining Russian Military Politics. Europe-Asia Studies, 60(4), 583-606.

Barany, Z. (2008, March) Superpresidentialism and the Military. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 38(1), 14-38.

Barany, Z. (2008, February) Resurgent Russia? A Still-Faltering Military. Policy Review, 147, 39-51.

Barany, Z. (2007, December) The Politics of Russia's elusive defense reform. Political Science Quarterly, 121(4), 597-627.

Barany, Z. (2007) Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military. Princeton University Press.

Barany, Z. (2006, March) NATO. International Studies Review, 8(1), 165-178.

Barany, Z. (2005) Ethnic Politics after Communism. Cornell University Press.

Barany, Z. (2005) Ethnic Mobilization in the Post-Communist Context. In Z. Barany & R.G. Moser (Eds.), Ethnic Politics after Communism (pp.78-110). Cornell University Press.

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