George Washington hands Congress his resignation as commanding general of the Continental Army, 1783. Painting by John Trumbull.

Civil-Military Relations

Critical questions about how the military, civil government, and wider society interact within the liberal democratic paradigm drive the Civil-Military Initiative.  By promoting knowledge and understanding of civil-military relations, this project addresses the contradictions and practical challenges encountered by democratic societies when they exercise military power.  We launched the project in 2018 with a guest speaker program and in 2020 offered a new course: The Civil-Military Paradox in U.S. Politics and Society.  Plans for expanding in the future include additional courses, scholarship, symposia, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral fellows.

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