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Mobilizing Force: Linking Security Threats, Militarization, and Civilian Control

David Kuehn and Yagil Levy, editors
Mobilizing Force: Linking Security Threats, Militarization, and Civilian Control
ISBN: 978-1-62637-939-8
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Forthcoming May 2021/275 pages
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DESCRIPTION

What leads a democratic government to use military force to counter a domestic or external threat? How does it legitimize this mobilization to its citizenry? And what is the significance for civilian control of the military?

The authors of Mobilizing Force draw on case studies from around the world to systematically examine these critical questions, exploring the interrelationships among security threats, the militarization of security policy, and democratic accountability.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Kuehn is senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, Germany. Yagil Levy is professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel

CONTENTS

  • Militarization: The Missing Link Between Threats and Civilian Control—D. Kuehn and Y. Levy.
  • EXTERNAL THREATS.
  • Israel: Remilitarized Threats and Military Contrarianism—Y. Levy.
  • Japan: “Normalizing” the Japan Self-Defense Forces?—E. Ben-Ari.
  • South Korea: Media-Driven Amplification of Threats—I. Kim.
  • United States: The “Angry American” and Transnational Terrorism—A. Hunt Friend and L. Arias.
  • DOMESTIC THREATS.
  • Colombia: Confronting Insurgency, Drug Cartels, and Narcoterrorists—S. Rivera-Paez.
  • El Salvador: Old Habits Die Hard—S. Kurtenbach and D. Reder.
  • France: Swinging Securitization Paths?—C. Ruffa.
  • Senegal: Managing Civil War Without Militarization—J. Matisek.
  • South Africa: From Militarization to Demilitarization to Remilitarization—L. Heinecken.
  • Spain: A War Without an Army—R. Martínez and O. Jaime.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Theorizing Threats, Militarization, and Civilian Control—D. Kuehn and Y. Levy.