Building an integrated military in post-conflict societies


Authored by: Anne Marie Baylouny

The Routledge Handbook of Civil–Military Relations

Print publication date:  September  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782739
eBook ISBN: 9780203105276
Adobe ISBN: 9781136253218


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Militaries are often viewed as crucial instruments in post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. Yet throughout much of the developing world—particularly in conflict-ridden societies—these militaries are crippled by fractionalization. The multiple ethnicities, religions, regional and identity affiliations that make up the state have not been integrated into the military. Instead, further inhibiting post-conflict reconciliation, the armed forces were often dominated by one or another group, crippling the ability of the military to play a positive role in society.

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