September 18, 2019 –
With Corri Zoli & Robert Rubinstein
Civil-military relations in the United States are much more militarized today than they were thirty years ago. We will discuss how efforts to improve humanitarian action and warfighting by taking a "cultural turn" created a web of relationships that at first entangled and later entrapped institutions and actors. The processes involved began in the 1990s and accelerated as the "cultural turn" became more central to post-9/11 security developments in the United States. We consider the mutual dependences and dependencies attendant to these processes and consider the emergence of the militarization of local policing an exemplar of the broader societal arrangements they entailed.