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Democratization and Military Transformation in Argentina and Chile: Rethinking Rivalry

Kristina Mani
Democratization and Military Transformation in Argentina and Chile: Rethinking Rivalry
ISBN: 978-1-935049-40-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-131-6
2011/248 pages/LC: 2011025199
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"Thought-provoking.... Will be of interest to those studying both rivalry and democratization as well as those who study Argentina and Chile specifically."—Gregory Weeks, Perspectives on Politics

"Triggers the reader's curiosity to learn more about the topic, explore the implications and pose more questions.... A thoughtful study and a must-read for specialists, scholars and practitioners alike."—Ana Margheritis, Journal of Latin American Studies

"Offers insights from comparativist, regional, and international perspectives.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"Comprehensive in historical detail and rich in analysis…. Mani provides a fresh look into the connections between foreign policy and civil-military relations."—Craig Arceneaux, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Is there a relationship between the consolidation of democracy and the ending of rivalries with neighboring states? Can internationalist foreign policies be useful in "reprogramming" militaries to accept civilian authority? Addressing these questions, Kristina Mani examines the dynamic connection between democracy building and security cooperation in Argentina and Chile in the 1990s. Her thoughtful analysis reveals how the international relations of democratizing states are both the product of domestic political goals and a potentially powerful shaper of domestic politics.


Kristina Mani is assistant professor of politics at Oberlin College.


  • The Puzzles of Breaking with the Past.
  • From Democratization to the End of Rivalry: Issues and Theory.
  • The Rivalry Context: Historical Conditioners.
  • Launching Internationalism in Argentina and Chile.
  • Institutionalizing Internationalism and Ending the Rivalry.
  • Creating Military Stakeholders in Internationalism.
  • Alternative Paths: Statist-Nationalism and Conflict Between Ecuador and Peru.
  • Institutions, Democracy Promotion, and Civilian Control of the Military.