Beyond Praetorianism: The Latin American Military in Transition

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Beyond Praetorianism: The Latin American Military in Transition

Edited by Richard L. Millett and Michael Gold-Bliss
North-South Center Press, 1996
317 pp. $24.95
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Taking both topical and national approaches, the contributors examine the current status and future prospects of the military institutions that for so long played a dominant role in the region. Millett, an expert in the field, argues that, while technically among the most subordinated to civilian and one-party control in the hemisphere, the Cuban military is unlikely to oppose Castro openly but is nevertheless "condemned to a prolonged struggle for institutional survival." Scholar Stephen J. Wager asks where the loyalty of the Mexican military, similarly subordinated, ultimately rests: with the constitution or with the Institutional Revolutionary Party-dominated government? Looking at the region as a whole, the editors believe that the days when security matters were exclusively a military prerogative are gone forever, but they also see a period of continuing transition in which it is too early to observe any generalized patterns emerging.