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.
Recent Events and Activities:
- Technology and AI in Military Fiction and Reality with New York Times bestselling science fiction author Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry).
- 2021 CSLD Undergraduate Essay Competition Topic: “Should the United States make military or national service compulsory?” (April 2021)
- Sixteen Months in Bagdad: A Woman’s Perspective a virtual public lecture on war, PTSD, and recovery with Laura Colbert (February 2021)
- Sexual Orientation and the Military with US Army (retired) Col. Sheri Swokowski, Ph.D. (November 2020)
- Arms and the University with Dr. Don Downs, University of Wisconsin, Emeritus (November 2020)
- Race, Gender, and the U.S. Citizen-Soldier with Major General Marcia M. Anderson, U.S. Army Reserve (November 2020)
- Reflections from a U.S. Navy Officer and Wisconsin Veteran’s Advocate with The Honorable Mary Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (October 2020)
- “Civil-Military Relations: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Think About Them,” with Dr. Richard H. Kohn, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (September 2020)
- “The Silent Crisis in American Civil-Military Relations,” with Dr. Tom Nichols, U.S. Naval War College (April 2019)
- “Leading With Radical Courage: a Successful Civil-Military Strategy in Afghanistan,” with Dr. Chris Kolenda (November 2018)
- “Reflections on Reconstruction: an Informal Conversation,” with Dr. Greg Downs, University of California–Davis (October 2018)
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