Civil-Military Relations in Peace and Security

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Around the world, military troops and civilian peacebuilders are overlapping and sharing space in unprecedented ways. In Afghanistan, for example, a civilian surge of development specialists and humanitarian workers is central to the Obama administrations strategy
in the war. In Iraq, Thailand, the Philippines, and many other places, civil-military interaction is raising complex questions and fresh dilemmas, which have only begun to be addressed.

In the latest posts in Peace Policy, Kroc's online journal:

  • Larissa Fast argues that conflating 'defense, diplomacy, and development' in warzones is controversial and even dangerous.
  • Lisa Schirch and David Cortright highlight shifting relationships among
    military and civilian peacebuilding forces as the U.S. military takes
    on greater development and humanitarian work in the name of security
    and stabilization.
  • Myla Leguro explains how peacebuilders in Mindanao, the Philippines, are engaging the military in the peace process.

Edited by David Cortright, director of policy studies, Peace Policy
focuses on critical topics such as the war in Afghanistan, nuclear
proliferation, and civilian-military cooperation.  It features
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