During the recent IPSA Executive Committee meeting no.126 in Lisbon (Portugal), it was decided that the Research Committee 44 (RC44), previously known as “Role of the Military in Democratization,” will henceforth be named “Security, Conflict and Democratization.”
The name was changed for the following reasons: First, the RC44 leadership was aware of some unfortunate overlap in the title with RC24 “Armed Forces and Society,” despite divergent research agenda of the two research committees. Secondly, the name “Military’s Role in Democratization” represented the origins of RC44 in studying the regime changes in Latin America and elsewhere in 1980s. These debates had received much attention in 1990s, but since then they gradually faded away being replaced by new concerns in the field of security studies. Such a transformation was reflected in the RC membership base. Thirdly, there had been discussions among RC members since the 2016 IPSA World Congress in Poznan in this respect, and these discussions had only intensified after the RC44’s 2017 conference in Christchurch. Several proposals for the name change were discussed and ultimately, the name was narrowed down to “Security, Conflict and Democratization,” which reflects both the new and much wider perspective as well as the core identity which remained unchanged.