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Dr. Harold A. Trinkunas

Status
Associate Professor

Contact
hatrinku@nps.edu

Research Interests
Democratization; Civil-military relations; Comparative politics; Latin America

Biography
Harold Trinkunas is an Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His research has focused on Latin American politics, particularly on civil-military relations and democratization.

His recent publications include “Civilian Praetorianism and Military Shirking during Constitutional Crises in Latin America” (with David Pion-Berlin, Comparative Politics, July 2010), “Attention Deficits: Why Politicians Ignore Defense Policy in Latin America,” (with David Pion-Berlin, Latin American Research Review 42.3, 2007) and Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela (University of North Carolina Press, 2005). He co-edited and contributed to Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to Governance in an Era of Softened Sovereignty (Stanford University Press, 2010), Global Politics of Defense Reform (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), and Terrorism Financing and State Responses (Stanford University Press, 2007). Professor Trinkunas received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1999 after conducting field research in Argentina and Venezuela.

Professor Trinkunas is also Deputy Director for Academic Affairs of the Center for Civil Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School. The Center conducts research and provides education on security sector reform, peace support and stability operations, counter-terrorism strategy, and civil-military relations, both in Monterey and abroad.

Prior to joining NPS, Dr. Trinkunas served as the field officer for the Carter Center electoral observation mission in Venezuela during the highly contested 1998 congressional and presidential elections.

Recent Publications

  • “Civilian Praetorianism and Military Shirking during Constitutional Crises in Latin America” (with David Pion-Berlin, Comparative Politics, July 2010).
  • Ungoverned Spaces? Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty, edited with Anne L. Clunan (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).
  • Global Politics of Defense Reform, edited with Thomas Bruneau (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008).
  • “Chapter 10: Energy Security: The Case of Venezuela,” in Daniel Moran and James A. Russell, eds., Energy Security and Global Politics: The Militarization of Resource Management (New York/London: Routledge/Global Security Studies, 2008), 175-187.
  • Terrorism Financing and State Response in Comparative Perspective, edited with Jeanne Giraldo (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007).
  • “Attention Deficits: Why Politicians Ignore Defense Policy in Latin America,” (with David Pion-Berlin, Latin American Research Review 42.3, 2007).
  • Crafting Civilian Control of the Military in Venezuela (University of North Carolina Press, 2005).

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