European Participation in International Operations : The by Malena Britz

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By Malena Britz

Taking its departure within the thought of strategic tradition, this ebook solutions the query of why eu international locations make a decision both to take part or now not in overseas army operations. This quantity examines strategic tradition and its relation to justifications of selections made by way of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and the uk, with reference to 4 various operations: Operation Enduring Freedom/ISAF in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, Operation Unified Protector in Libya, and ecu Navfor/Atalanta outdoors Somalia. during this paintings, the authors heavily examine the function of civil-military family members with reference to judgements approximately participation.

What is the position of the defense force within the political procedure major as much as the choice? what's their advisory means in shaping the challenge? utilizing a theoretical framework of strategic tradition, together with features of civil army relatives, this cutting edge quantity seeks to respond to those questions. this article is vital studying for teachers, researchers and scholars of diplomacy, international coverage, conflict reports or civil-military family members.

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Iraq The Justification of Non-Intervention: The Primacy of International Law and Multilateralism France’s ‘non’ to the US-led Iraq intervention in 2003 has been written about extensively, especially as the twists and turns of the decision caused a severe political and diplomatic rift between France and the USA (Meunier 2008). President Chirac stated at the time that he did not believe a war was the right solution to the Iraq problem, defined as Iraq secretly holding and developing weapons of mass destruction.

The strategy to remain influential is to “maximize France’s political-military rank within international military coalitions, rather than to maximize operational military power on the ground”. The French government and military have been successful in getting command posts in multinational missions for example. However, French ambitions to remain a great world power face increasing difficulties, not the least due to financial constraints (Irondelle and Besancenot 2010, p. 38), while the discrepancy between influence and capacity raises the question of how political ambitions are to be matched by military objectives (see ASSUMING GREAT POWER RESPONSIBILITY: FRENCH STRATEGIC CULTURE...

Aldershot: Ashgate. Bloomfield, Alan. 2012. Time to Move On: Reconceptualizing the Strategic Culture Debate. Contemporary Security Policy 33(3): 437–461. Britz, Malena, and Arita Eriksson. 2008. Analyzing EU’s shared strategy. In The European Union and Strategy: an Emerging Actor, eds. Jan Hallenberg, and Kjell Engelbrekt. London and New York: Routledge. Edström, Håkan, and Dennis Gyllensporre. 2014a. Alike or Different? Scandinavian Approaches to Military Interventions. Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden.

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