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Harold Trinkunas
Journal Articles

Conditions of military contestation in populist Latin America

Harold Trinkunas, David Kuehn
Democratization , 2017

Latin America experienced recurring episodes of populism, and of military reaction against populists, during the twentieth century, frequently ending in coups d’état. In the twenty-first century, military coups appear to have died out even as populist regimes returned during the third wave of democracy. This paper examines military contestation in populist regimes, both left and right, and how it has changed in the contemporary period.

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Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to state authority in an era of softened sovereignty (edited volume)

Harold Trinkunas, Anne Clunan
Stanford University Press , 2016

"Ungoverned spaces" are often cited as key threats to national and international security and are increasingly targeted by the international community for external interventions—both armed and otherwise. This book examines exactly when and how these spaces contribute to global insecurity, and it incorporates the many spaces where state authority is contested—from tribal, sectarian, or clan-based governance in such places as Pakistani Waziristan, to areas ruled by persistent insurgencies, such as Colombia, to nonphysical spaces, such as the internet and global finance.

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Aspirational Power: Brazil on the long road to global influence

Harold Trinkunas, David R. Mares, David R. Mares
Brookings Institution Press , 2016

Aspirational Power examines Brazil as an emerging power. It explains Brazil’s present emphasis on using soft power through a historical analysis of Brazil’s three past attempts to achieve major power status. Though these efforts have fallen short, this book suggests that Brazil will continue to try to emerge, but that it will only succeed when its domestic institutions provide a solid and attractive foundation for the deployment of its soft power abroad.

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American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (edited volume)

Harold Trinkunas, Harold Trinkunas, Arturo C. Sotomayor, Maiah Jaskoski
Johns Hopkins University Press , 2016

In American Crossings, nine scholars consider the complicated modern history of borders in the Western Hemisphere, examining borders as geopolitical boundaries, key locations for internal security, spaces for international trade, and areas where national and community identities are defined.

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Global Politics of Defense Reform

Thomas Bruneau, Harold Trinkunas
Palgrave Macmillian , 2008

This volume analyzes the impact of key global trends on civil-military relations by examining defense reform processes since the end of the Cold War. Civil-military relations are reconceptualized to emphasize three dimensions: civilian control of the armed forces, effectiveness in carrying out roles and missions, and efficiency in use of resources.  The key global trends that affect these dimensions are the globalization of new norms and ideas, the democratization of governance, technological innovation, and economic liberalization. By focusing on defense reform processes, this book

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