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Presetation: Civilian Control of the Military and the Fate of Developing Republics

April 27, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA- Kutztown University's associate professor of political science, Glenn W. Richardson Jr. hosts a research presentation by two visiting scholars from the United States Military Academy at West Point (Dr. Jim Golby and Dr. Hugh Liebert) titled, "Civilian Control of the Military and the Fate of Developing Republics" on May 1 at 4 p.m. in Old Main (OM) room 322A. 

Golby and Liebert will address how developing republics consolidate their military forces and place them securely under civilian control. Can developed countries assist the developing world in these efforts; if so, how?  Social scientists have developed only a minimal understanding of how states consolidate control of the military. In the first paper to result from his research, Richardson examines how ancient political philosophers understood the challenge of civilian control, and how we apply their insights to the case study of the fall of the Roman republic.

Major Jim Golby is an active duty officer in the United States Army and is an Instructor of American Politics, Policy and Strategy with the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.  His recent research focuses on how political institutions structure American civil-military relations and how republican states consolidate control over their military forces.

Hugh Liebert is assistant professor of American politics, policy, and strategy in the department of social sciences at the United States Military Academy.  His primary areas of interest are Greek and Roman political thought and American politics.  He is the co-editor of Executive Power in Theory and Practice, and has published articles in History of Political Thought and The Review of Politics.

For more information, please contact Glenn W. Richardson Jr. at