The Armed Forces of the Industrial Democracies


Child Soldiers
Military Reserves
Military Leadership
Multinational Peace Enforcement
 Managing Death in the Armed Forces
 Organizational Aspects of Peacekeeping Forces


The armed forces of the industrial democracies have been undergoing major changes since the end of the Cold War. I have sought to trace out and explain these transformations through an anthropological lens: a focus on their cultural dimensions, a link between the micro and macro-levels of analysis, and the addition of a comparative perspective.


Eyal Ben-Ari, Kobi Michael and David Kellen Introductory Essay: Wars and Peace Support Operations ­in the Contemporary World – Conceptual Clarifications and Suggestions. The Transformation of the World of Warfare and Peace Support Operations. West Port, CT: Praeger Security International. 1-20, 2009.

Eyal Ben-Ari and Boas Shamir Hybrid Wars, Complex Environments and Transformed Forces: Leadership in Contemporary Armed Forces. In G.A.J. van Dyk (ed): Strategic Challenges for the African Armed Forces for the Next Decade. Stellenbosch: Sun Press. 1-16, 2009.

(with Erella Grassian) State/Violence. Special Issue of Etnofoor 23(2): 1-114. 2011.