Accession Number : ADA500532


Title :   Between Scylla and Charybdis: Constructing the Nicaraguan Army


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Gaddis, Robert J M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a500532.pdf


Report Date : 18 Feb 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 60


Abstract : Established in 1979, the Nicaraguan Army is the youngest Army in the Americas. Its creation is a result of a 150- year struggle between internal Nicaraguan partisan politics (Scylla) and the influence of United States (U.S.) foreign policy and commercial interests (Charybdis). Like Homer's Odysseus, the Nicaraguan Army constantly struggles to maintain its course as an apolitical, professional military force as it steers clear of the hazards of partisan politics and imperious U.S. intrusion. For the first time in their history the Nicaraguan people have a national army that abides by the constitution and which furthers the democratic development of the republic. However, President Ortega's recent attempts to establish authoritarian rule in Nicaragua threaten this new instrument of national power. This SRP describes the political birth of this non-partisan Army and its continuing battle to professionalize, modernize and maintain its independence in the face of fierce domestic political struggles and the wrenching effects of U.S. foreign policy.


Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE , *NICARAGUA , *ARMY , BALANCE OF POWER , UNITED STATES , FOREIGN POLICY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE