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Civil-Military Relations in Ukraine: A System Emerging from Chaos

Anatoly Grytsenko
55 pages, ISBN 90-763 01-01-8 (12 1997)

Anatoly Grytsenko gives a clear picture of military reform efforts undertaken in Ukraine. The legacy of the Soviet era consists of strict hierarchical structures and rigid working methods. There is a need to improve efficiency, creativity and flexibility to deal with the high demands placed on the military institutions. In his analysis Grytsenko explains the problems and their origins; criticizes the failure to address the problems and finally notes the consequences of that failure. He concludes that despite some changes in recent years, civil-military relations are still far from optimal. It seems that, facing the whole spectrum of other urgent and complex problems, the civilian leadership of the country is not disposed to fully accept democratic civilian control over its military. According to the author it is of great importance for Ukraine to develop a methodology (whenever possible up to the checklist level) for the reforming of its Armed Forces and to establish of reliable democratic civilian control over the military sphere.

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