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Guns & Roses: Comparative Civil-Military Relations in the Changing Security Environment

  • Steven Ratuva
  • Radomir Compel
  • Sergio Aguilar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jovanie Camacho Espesor
    Pages 277-299

About this book


“In a rapidly changing security environment, Guns and Roses offers fresh and insightful analyses that transcend space and time.”
—Prof. Yuko Kasuya, vice-president of International Political Science Association and professor of political science, Keio University

“The book provides a very comprehensive and cutting-edge analysis of the important issue of civil-military relations and a recommended reading for those involved in modern-day security.”
—Prof. Stephanie Lawson, adjunct professor in politics, Australian National University

“Guns and Roses by an exceptional group of expert authors provides a rich comparative analysis of global security dynamics in the challenges of forging new civil military relations in a rapidly changing world.”
—Prof. Ralph Premdas, professor of public policy, University of the West Indies

This edited volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the latest developments on the relationship between the military and democratization, drawing examples from Asia, Pacific, Africa, Middle East and South America. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book covers wide-ranging sub-themes within the broad rubric of military and democratization relating to gender, peace-building, civilian oversight, coups, geopolitical contestation, internal repression, etc. In doing so, the volume has an international comparative coverage with three inter-related levels of analysis—the global, regional and national. 

Steven Ratuva is director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and professor in the department of anthropology and sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. 

Radomir Compel is associate professor of comparative politics at Nagasaki University, Japan. 

Sergio Aguilar has a PhD in history and is associate professor in international security at São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil.


Military and citizenry Changing global security dynamics and climate National security and role of the military Military and democratization Terrorism as a security threat Military as a watchdog for democracy Globalization and impact on military institutions Security and impact on military institutions Insecurity, militarization and society State, military power and political change Regional and global impact of the military NGO-military interaction Democratic civilian control European Union military operations Military in Chinese Politics French military in the Pacific Modernisation and National Defence Force

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Ratuva
    • 1
  • Radomir Compel
    • 2
  • Sergio Aguilar
    • 3
  1. 1.Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific StudiesUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Global Humanities and Social SciencesNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  3. 3.Faculdade de Filosofia e CiênciasSao Paulo State UniversityMaríliaBrazil

About the editors

Steven Ratuva, a political sociologist, is director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and professor in the department of anthropology and sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has worked in a number of universities and was recently Fulbright professor at University of California (LA), Duke University and Georgetown University. He is an inter-disciplinary scholar who has published widely on security, conflict, military, elections, development, affirmative action, ethnicity, nationalism, social protection and culture, including as editor-in-chief of the Palgrave Global Handbook on Ethnicity.     

Radomir Compel is associate professor of comparative politics at Nagasaki University. He is the co-author of Hito to Kaiyo no Kyosei wo Mezashite VI (2013), Ashida Hitoshi Nikki 1905-1945 V(2012), and has published articles on wartime and post-war Okinawa and Japanese – American relations. He obtained Ph.D. from Yokohama National University, and previously taught at a number of universities including Hosei University, and Nihon University. 

Sergio Aguilar has a PhD in history and is Associated Professor in International Security at São Paulo State University (UNESP) – Brazil. He was visiting researcher at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and  has published widely on security, conflict, and peacekeeping operations.

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