Organized by the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Democratization and the Military in collaboration with the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) and Centre for Defence and Security Studies (Massey University), New Zealand.
With the dramatically changing political and security dynamics in the world, the conference is timely as it provides an opportunity to review and critically examine the role of the military in democratization in the contemporary world. The role of the military in the global, regional and national politics, diplomacy, security, governance and development is changing and thus there is a need to bring together academics, researchers, policy makers, international organizations, diplomats, military and security personnel and civil society organizations to discuss these issues openly an critically.
The role of the military in democratization has always been an issue of significant interest because of the complex ways in which militaries represent themselves; participate in the constitutional process, political governance and development; or even forcefully intervening and displacing democratically elected governments. How these manifest themselves differ across countries. The situation in some countries are much more complex than others as a result of different and often complex socio-economic, ideological, religious, political and ethnic issues they have to deal with. The military can be a transformational and progressive force for change and it can also be an instrument of repression and regressive change.
In modern states, the military has always been a critical component of political life and its structure, role and behaviour is a reflection of the historical, socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics of the countries concerned.
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