Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation

TitleCivil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKaralekas, Dean
Number of Pages201
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited

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 and researchers of Asia Pacific security with an understanding of the current relationship between military and society.

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