Civil-Military Relations in International Interventions: A New Analytical Framework
It is frequently claimed that success in interventions hinges largely on military–civilian coherence. However, despite high ambitions among politicians and organizations, coherence among intervening actors has proven challenging to achieve in practice. Why is this so? To answer this, the book approach the various military and civilian actors in interventions from several angles. It discusses different relationships between the intervening actors, and their relations to those intervened upon. It also analyses different military concepts, such as peacekeeping and counterinsurgency, and the often troubled relationship between the humanitarian and military intervening actors. The book argues that to capture these relationships, an analytical framework which is capable of covering all the intervening actors, is required. It offers such a framework, based on identification theory, which illuminates how the interveners represent those they have deployed to engage, as well as their own identity and role. Based on this we can develop a better understanding of if and when coherence emerge – or not – between the intervening actors.
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- Publisher: Routledge
- Page count: 200
- Language: English