Democratic Control of the Military in Postcommunist Europe

Guarding the Guards

  • Andrew Cottey
  • Timothy Edmunds
  • Anthony Forster

Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: the Challenge of Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Postcommunist Europe

    1. Andrew Cottey, Timothy Edmunds, Anthony Forster
      Pages 1-17
  3. Central Europe

  4. The Baltic States

  5. South Eastern Europe

  6. The Former Soviet Union

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Andrew Cottey, Timothy Edmunds, Anthony Forster
      Pages 251-264
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-273

About this book


This major comparative study examines the challenges that the countries of postcommunist Central and Eastern Europe have faced in securing democratic control of their armed forces and establishing civilian control of defence policy. This book explores how the interaction of the common challenges of postcommunism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries shape civil-military relations in this changing region. Detailed country case studies, written by leading experts, compare the experiences of the Central European states (such as Poland and Romania), the Baltic republics, the former Yugoslavia republics, Russia and Ukraine.


Civil-Military Relations communism defence policy Europe history Hungary Institution Poland Policy postcommunism Russia Slovenia Soviet Union Ukraine Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Cottey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Timothy Edmunds
    • 3
  • Anthony Forster
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkUK
  2. 2.Department of Peace StudiesUniversity of BradfordUK
  3. 3.Defence Studies DepartmentKing’s College London / Joint Services Command and Staff CollegeUK

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