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Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment
The end of the Cold War brought widespread optimism about the future of civil-military relations. With a declining need for military preparedness, it seemed, civilian authorities would be better able
Democracy and Victory: Why Regime Type Hardly Matters
  • M. Desch
  • Political Science
    International Security
  • 13 December 2002
are more or less likely to win wars has long been a contentious issue. The Greek general Thucydides’ chronicle of the defeat of democratic Athens in its twenty-four-year struggle with authoritarian
What Do Policymakers Want From Us? Results of a Survey of Current and Former Senior National Security Decision Makers
What do the most senior national security policymakers want from international relations scholars? To answer that question, we administered a unique survey to current and former policymakers to gauge
Culture Clash: Assessing the Importance of Ideas in Security Studies
  • M. Desch
  • Sociology
    International Security
  • 22 January 1998
I Cultural theories have long enjoyed a prominent place in the field of international security. Indeed, two waves have come and gone since the start of World War 11, and we are now at the high
War and strong states, peace and weak states?
  • M. Desch
  • Political Science
    International Organization
  • 1 March 1996
For most of the twentieth century, international politics were dominated by World Wars I and II and by the cold war. This period of intense international security competition clearly strengthened
Technique Trumps Relevance: The Professionalization of Political Science and the Marginalization of Security Studies
  • M. Desch
  • Political Science
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 1 June 2015
I explain here the disconnect between our discipline's self-image as balancing rigor with relevance with the reality of how we actually conduct our scholarship most of the time. To do so, I account
Bush and the Generals
IT IS NO secret that the relationship between the U.S. military and civilians in the Bush administration has deteriorated markedly since the start of the Iraq war. In 2006, according to a Military
It is kind to be cruel: the humanity of American Realism
  • M. Desch
  • Philosophy
    Review of International Studies
  • 26 June 2003
‘No one loves a political realist’, Robert Gilpin once lamented. A major reason for this hostility towards realism is its sceptical view of the role of ethical norms (principled beliefs about state
Liberals, neocons, and realcons
  • M. Desch
  • Political Science
  • 1 September 2001
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