We live in an era of almost unprecedented partisan division and polarization where any issue of policy can become one that is deeply divided along party lines, and many of those issues of policy involve the military. We’ve seen this in examples of troops being deployed to the southwest border of the United States and through the use of federal troops in response to the racial justice protests. How does the military avoid becoming partisan in these divisive times?
Doyle Hodges, executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, explores this question with Jim Golby, senior fellow at the Clement Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Fellow Jim Golby and Academic Board Member Peter Feaver examine the effects and consequences of political leaders politicizing the military in War on the Rocks.
Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby and Risa Brooks release "Congress controls the military, too - Gen. Milley should testify."
Faculty fellow Jim Golby and Mara Karlin have written an article in Task and Purpose to discuss the politicalization of the US Military.
"We don’t want a military that is “apolitical”; we instead want a military that avoids partisanship, institutional endorsements, and electoral influence. Those topics should stay off limits, but politics are too critical to be entirely ignored by the military. The military is a political creature — it’s time for it to consider what that means in a more practical and appropriate manner."
Faculty Fellow Jim Golby discusses civ-mil relations in new United States Studies Center article from Sydney University: "The Role of the US Military in Quelling Domestic Protests."
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