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POLI 227
Rex Brynen

MARCH 21, 2012:  Coup-proofing: How can developing democracies reduce the risk of military intervention? o Disband army (Costa Rica), weaken it (cut budget, decrease numbers) (Panama) The problem with this is that it could make the military angry and make them want to have a coup. It is much better to do it slowly. o Buy it off- the downside is that the military gets extra influence o Penetrate it with loyalists (China, Soviet Union, etc.). Syrians do this-you find a disproportionate number of the religious minority in the army (especially the officer core). o Intelligence apparatus (Syria- each branch in the military spies on the other branches- this is an example of the “fox” style of neo-patrimonialism), political officers (China), counterbalance (Saudi Arabia, which has a national guard recruited by the most loyal people) o Special loyalties (Jordan) o External support (Philippines) o Strengthen democratic institutions, civil society (Chile) o Highlight the abuses of the past (this delegitimizes the military as a political actor) o Appointing people who you don’t trust to non combat positions, such as ambassadors or logistical positions. o Develop a civilian capacity so that you don’t rely on the military to study military affairs- ex. A civilian defense minister or military analysts.  Demilitarization (after civil conflict) ex) How does Libya demilitarize? There are armed militias in every city. Demilitarization is not currently happening in Libya. o Cantonment: the forces are disengaged, moved away from each other o Disarmament o Demobilization: formally discharge them from military service o Reintegration into civilian life so they can make the transition to being workers o Other measures  Security sector reform  Demining  Dealing with small arms proliferation (arms in the hands of civilians) Revolution  Broad definition includes the violent transfer of political power, and insur
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