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military enlistment ceremony

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Brooks Hubbard

Journal Article - International Studies Quarterly

Why They Fight: How Perceived Motivations for Military Service Shape Support for the Use of Force

What shapes public support for military missions? Existing scholarship points to, on the one hand, individuals' affiliations and predispositions (such as political partisanship and gender), and, on the other hand, factors that shape a rational cost–benefit analysis (notably, mission objectives, the prospects for victory, and the magnitude and distribution of costs). The authors argue that public opinion is also shaped by beliefs about why soldiers voluntarily enlist. This article has implications for debates on the determinants of public support for military missions and the relationship between military service and citizenship in democracies.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley

DoD/Army Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Burden

Journal Article - Perspectives on Politics

No Right to Be Wrong: What Americans Think about Civil-Military Relations

An influential model of democratic civil-military relations insists that civilian politicians and officials, accountable to the public, have "the right to be wrong" about the use of force: they, not senior military officers, decide when force will be used and set military strategy. While polls have routinely asked about Americans' trust in the military, they have rarely probed deeply into Americans' views of civil-military relations. 

Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front celebrate at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines on Thursday March 27, 2014 as they await the signing of a peace accord between the government and their group in Manila.

AP/ Froilan Gallardo

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

United They Fall: Why the International Community Should Not Promote Military Integration after Civil War

| Winter 2015/16

Many international peacebuilders have suggested that integrating opposing combatants into a national military after civil war helps prevent conflict from recurring. Analysis of eleven cases of post–civil war military integration, however, reveals little evidence to support this claim. Underlying political conditions, not military integration, determine whether peace endures.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Correspondence: Selling the Market Short? The Marketplace of Ideas and the Iraq War

| Spring 2005

Ronald Krebs and Chaim Kaufmann offer competing explanations for the role of the marketplace of ideas in the lead-up to the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraqin March 2003 and remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

A School for the Nation? How Military Service Does Not Build Nations, and How It Might

| Spring 2004

Does military service play a critical role in nation building? Ronald Krebs explores the relationship between the armed forces, the state, and society, on the one hand, and the military as a potential nation builder, on the other.