Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation

Dean Karalekas
Taiwan Center for Security Studies, Taiwan

Product Details
07 Sep 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
216 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
The armed forces of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan are in dire need of reform to address a plethora of problems including inadequate training, low morale, poor public perception, and low recruitment numbers. This book uses the postmodern military model to measure how public perception of the military is influenced by self-identification in Taiwan, and it shows that the public has little confidence or trust in their military, even as they remain acutely aware of the threat posed by an increasingly belligerent China and its ever-growing People's Liberation Army.

While there has been much analysis as to what strategies and weapons systems should be adopted by ROC defense planners, relatively little has been written on how to create a more relevant military within Taiwan society. Ultimately, this book addresses these matters and provides policymakers within the ROC government and military, as well as researchers of Asia Pacific security, with an understanding of the current relationship between military and society, to assist in the creation of a more accountable military.
Introduction: The Armed Forces of the Republic of China (ROC)
1. Moskos’s Postmodern Military Model
2. Ethnic Self-Identification
3. Threat Perception in Taiwan
4. Force Structure & Conscientious Objectors
5. Major Mission Definition
6. Dominant Military Professional & Civilian Employees
7. Spouses and the Military Community
8. Women and the Military
9. Homosexuals in the ROC Military
10. Public Attitudes & Media Relations
11. Summary of Findings
12. Policy Recommendations
Dean Karalekas is the co-founder and Associate Editor of Strategic Vision for Taiwan Security, published by the Taiwan Center for Security Studies and the Republic of China’s National Defense University. His research focuses on civil–military relations, self-identification, Taiwan studies, and emergency and disaster management. He spent several years as a journalist, educator, and immigration consultant in East Asia, and received his PhD in Asia-Pacific Studies from the National Chengchi University, Taiwan. 

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