The relationship between civilian authorities and the military establishment is a critical element of democratic governance. Yet in too many transitional countries, the balance of knowledge and power weighs heavily in favor of the military establishment, allowing the military to exercise inordinate political influence. Where the military is able to operate with a large degree of autonomy, without transparency or civilian oversight, it is nearly impossible to delimit its role in national politics and to ensure it operates within democratic parameters. The Center commissioned this report to identify areas in which USAID could contribute to civil-military relations programming, approaching the subject from a civilian vantage point and looking to broaden civil society participation. The report reviews past activities implemented with donor assistance and identifies current issues.
USAID Democracy and Governance Publications: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/democracy_and_governance/publications/