iOS app Android app

Civil Military Relations

Why Is Military So Powerful In Pakistan?

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 11.28.2016 | World
Raza Habib Raja

In Pakistan's case, the army became powerful in the early years of the country's history and there were two major reasons for that.

Pakistan's Most Popular General and His Upcoming Retirement

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Raza Habib Raja

Raheel Sharif is perhaps Pakistan's most popular person right now. However, whereas normally popular individuals belong to the category of showbiz or ...

A Country Worth Their Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

We don't have to wait to see whom we elect to the highest offices in the land to start to fix many problems in this country. As a former citizen-soldier, it's clear to me that a more universal sense of service would make us better citizens of a better nation.

Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Gregory D. Foster | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Gregory D. Foster

What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).

'Arma Virumque Cano' - Militarism and Parades in Asia

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military parades are an indispensable political platform for communicating power and ambition and are now amplified by the tools of mass media, which can orchestrate and glamourize rhythmic ranks of well-booted warriors and rolling chariots of gleaming steel.

Why Pakistan Needs to Change Its India Focused Security Approach to Counter Extremism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Raza Habib Raja

Pakistan needs to understand that it has to set its priorities right and shake off its paranoia about India. Our neighbor is no longer interested in annexing Pakistan. It has moved on to bigger things whereas we have just remained stuck. It is time to move on.

An Exit Strategy for Ferguson

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

It's pretty basic. Belief in the supremacy of civilian control over the armed forces is the cornerstone of American democracy. The institutional failure evident in Ferguson, MO is a sign of civilian dereliction.

Beyond The Monuments Men

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The challenge is not the wars we must fight as much as the peace that we have to build in order not to fight them anymore or in the first place.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

What We're All Missing in the Zero Dark Thirty Debate

Peter Henne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Henne

My concern about films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker is that they might set back civilian-military relations by giving people a false understanding of the struggles of U.S. troops and the mechanics of U.S. national security.

Our Coup d' Etat, by Accident

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If we Americans and our civilian-elected leaders don't come to terms with our over-dependence on the military, we will cede increasing authority to an institution that doesn't want it and should not have it.

It All Depends on What You Mean by Cost-Effective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The July issue of the journal Armed Forces & Society had a section devoted to the issue of military privatization which is worth looking at. The art...

Let's Question the Accuracy of Current Military Suicide Statistics

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Until all of our troops' and veterans' problems are honestly acknowledged and factored in to the planning of suicide prevention programs, the current response is not going put a dent in the numbers.

Save Afghanistan? How About America?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Barring an open and democratic dialogue about what our military is for in today's world we'll continue to have frustrated Generals and we'll risk more lives.

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy: Reversing the Trend

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Defense Review is focusing on military problems in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, rather than addressing the civilian mission of supporting good governance and poverty reduction.

President Obama: Afghanistan Needs More Than a Military Solution

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The news media has an annoying tendency to focus on the symptoms, not the disease.

"Exit Strategy" Might Not Be What You Mean

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

If we want to see this president succeed, a vocabulary shift is vital. The more we use leftover framing and messaging rhetoric from the Iraq War, the easier we make it for the right wing to do the same.

The Only Way Out For Honduras

Adam Isacson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Isacson

The amount of international pressure must increase now that Zelaya is back. And it must include absolute clarity that an election held under the coup government's auspices will be considered illegitimate.

Another Baby Step on Honduras

Adam Isacson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Isacson

To argue about whether the deposition was a coup, whether Manuel Zelaya is a capable leader, or whether this is about Hugo Chávez's influence, misses the point entirely.

Afghanistan: Accusing Karzai

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Sure some of this mayhem is Karzai's fault and he may not be the best for Afghanistan in the future, but we, the international community, must leave that decision to the Afghans.

Rank and File

Ray Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Kimball

For a soldier, there is a fine line between debating the issues of the day as a concerned citizen and injecting yourself into the partisan fray.