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Civil-Military Relations

Created: December 2020

Last Updated: November 18, 2021

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January 2021 Crisis:

Biden and Civil-Military Relations:

A breakdown of the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force and a look into its future. 

An explainer on why Biden’s pick for defense secretary infringes on civil-military relations.

Trump and Civil-Military Relations:

        Trump Appointments:

A look into the secretary of defense’s atypical public rebuttal of Trump’s demands.

A look at the politics of the position of JCS Chairman.

An examination into Trump’s politicization of the military.

Analysis of the sudden resignation of  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

A breakdown of how Trump violated civil-military norms with his appointees.

Trump and Civil-Military Norms:

An analysis of how the use of federal forces at protests blurs the lines between police and the military potentially hurting civil-military relations.

An examination of how Trump, as commander in chief, is blurring the line between military and civilian policing.

Three perspectives on Trump’s use of the military against BLM protestors and the potential consequences for the military.

A look into one of Trump’s decisions that reinforced the civil-military norms.

An examination into the military’s perception of Trump.

A breakdown of how the Trump administration breaks civil-military norms.

An explainer of the recent challenges posed to traditional U.S. civil-military relations.

Trump’s Involvement in Internal Military Affairs:

An analysis of the consequences posed by Trump’s politicization of the military.

An examination into the Navy’s decision to let go of Captain Brett Crozier and the delicate line between civilian and military politics.

A breakdown of voters’ opinions on Trump’s interference in the military judiciary system.

An explanation on why Trump’s actions can be seen as on with previous presidents’ delicate balance with civil-military relations.

An analysis of how Trump’s intervention in the Navy’s decision making may be dangerous.

An examination of Trump’s intervention in the military justice system and its implications.

Military and Electoral Politics:

An explanation of why Trump’s violations of civil-military norms has hurt his support amongst military voters.

An explainer on why Trump is not attempting a coup despite breaking many civil-military norms.

A look into the military’s influence in U.S. elections.

A breakdown of the impact military endorsements will have on the election.

Deployment of the Military in Domestic Affairs:

An analysis of how the use of federal forces at protests blurs the lines between police and the military potentially hurting civil-military relations.

An examination of how Trump, as commander in chief, is blurring the line between military and civilian policing.

A breakdown of the ways Trump can deploy the military on domestic soil and the constitutional questions around that power.

An examination into calls to deploy the U.S. military in American cities and the consequences it may have on civil-military relations.

A look into the secretary of defense’s atypical public rebuttal of Trump’s demands.

An analysis of Trump’s use of the military against BLM protestors and the potential consequences for the military.

An explanation of military usage on U.S. soil and an examination into precedents.

An analysis of the danger that comes with involving the military in civilian affairs.

An examination into the possibility that the military could become more involved in civilian affairs due to the pandemic.

An explanation of how Trump’s deployment of the military further politicizes the institution.

Militarization of the Police:

A breakdown of how police departments acquire military equipment and its impact.  

An examination into the implications of militarizing police forces.  

An analysis of the relationship between increased militarization of police departments and police violence.

Civil-Military Relations Around the World:

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        Latin America:

        Middle East:

        Asia:

        The Dynamics of Coups: