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Civil-Military Relations in Bolivia (2000-2006)


Ana Janaina Nelson

Georgetown University
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In the post-dictatorship period, civil-military relations in Latin American countries have evolved. In some countries less than others. While in the Southern Cone, the armed forces diminished their presence in government bureaucracies, in Bolivia the military gained political strength. Although Bolivia has transitioned from a highly politicized military to one subordinate to the civilian leadership, the country does not yet have healthy civil-military relations. The purpose of this paper is to begin inquiring about the problems civil-military relations face in Bolivia. The specific question is whether these problems are derived from the country’s political system or from the military institution, itself. This study focuses on the period of 2000 through 2006.

How to Cite: Nelson, A.J., (2009). Civil-Military Relations in Bolivia (2000-2006). Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 22(1), pp.54–65. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2009.
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