Demilitarization in Costa Rica

@article{Hivik1981DemilitarizationIC,
  title={Demilitarization in Costa Rica},
  author={Tord H{\o}ivik and Solveig Aas},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  year={1981},
  volume={18},
  pages={333 - 350}
}
Costa Rica is an apparent exception to the trend towards military regimes, violent changes of power and local wars in Third World countries. In this Central American republic with about 2 million inhabitants, the armed forces were disbanded in 1948. For over 30 years Costa Rica has maintained a stable civilian government without a regular army, though surrounded by dictatorships. We discuss the history behind the abolition of the Costa Rican army, consider the country's handling of external and… 

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