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Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations: The Military, Society, Politics, and Modern War

Lionel Beehner, Risa Brooks, and Daniel Maurer


This book explores contemporary civil-military relations in the United States. Much of the canonical literature on civil-military relations was either written during or references the Cold War, while other major research focuses on the post-Cold War era, or the first decade of the twenty-first century. A great deal has changed since then. This book considers the implications for civil-military relations of many of these changes. Specifically, it focuses on factors such as breakdowns in democratic and civil-military norms and conventions; intensifying partisanship and deepening political divisi ... More

Keywords: civil-military relations, civil-military norms, military professionalism, cyberwar, asymmetric warfare, emerging technology, grey zone operations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197535493
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197535493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lionel Beehner, editor
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Risa Brooks, editor
Allis Chalmers Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University

Daniel Maurer, editor
Assistant Professor of Law and Fellow at the Modern War Institute, West Point

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Lionel Beehner and Daniel Maurer

Section I The Military’s Roles and Responsibilities

3 Dissents and Sensibility

Michael A. Robinson, Lindsay P. Cohn, and Max Z. Margulies

Section II The Civilian Leadership’s Roles and Responsibilities

5 Who Has “Skin in the Game”?

Jessica D. Blankshain

Section III The Public’s Role and Responsibilities

7 A Matter of Trust

Heidi Urben and James Golby

Section IV Modern War and Civil-Military Relations


Risa Brooks

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