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Larsdotter, K. (2016). Politiske konsekvenser av robotiserte systemer. In: Tor Arne Schjander Berntsen, Gjert Lage Dyndal & Sigrid Redse Johansen (Ed.), Når dronene våkner: autonome våpensystemer og robotisering av krig (pp. 305-326). Oslo: Cappelen Damm AS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Politiske konsekvenser av robotiserte systemer
2016 (Norwegian)In: Når dronene våkner: autonome våpensystemer og robotisering av krig / [ed] Tor Arne Schjander Berntsen, Gjert Lage Dyndal & Sigrid Redse Johansen, Oslo: Cappelen Damm AS, 2016, p. 305-326Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Cappelen Damm AS, 2016
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6445 (URN)9788202495794 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-04 Created: 2017-01-04 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2015). Security Assistance in Africa: The Case for Less. Parameters, 45(2), 25-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Security Assistance in Africa: The Case for Less
2015 (English)In: Parameters, ISSN 0031-1723, E-ISSN 2158-2106, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 25-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

US strategic approaches in the African Great Lakes region are primarily based on security assistance for training and equipping African forces for operations in East, North, and West Africa. This assistance risks causing more incidents of violence. A new strategy, based on a comprehensive approach to the security challenges in the region, as well as the deployment of international "boots on the ground" - American or others - is needed to reduce violence and to minimze the risk of new terrorist safe havens appearing in central Africa.

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5566 (URN)
Available from: 2015-09-03 Created: 2015-09-03 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2014). Fighting Transnational Insurgents: the South African Defence Force in Namibia, 1966-1989. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 37(12), 1024-1038
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fighting Transnational Insurgents: the South African Defence Force in Namibia, 1966-1989
2014 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 37, no 12, p. 1024-1038Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transnational insurgents are a common feature of contemporary wars, but research on how to address this problem is still scarce. This article examines the South African Defence Force's (SADF) counterinsurgency against Namibian transnational insurgents. It concludes that the South African forces focused a large amount of their efforts outside the borders of Namibia. Highly coercive operations in Angola and Zambia created the space for hearts and minds activities in Namibia, as well as forcing neighboring states to end their support for the insurgents. Although the war in Namibia is somewhat different from contemporary wars, SADF's cross-border strategy gives us some important insights into the regional dynamics of civil wars.

National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5120 (URN)10.1080/1057610X.2014.962440 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2011). Military Interventions in Internal Wars: The Study of Peace or the Study of War?. (Doctoral dissertation). Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Military Interventions in Internal Wars: The Study of Peace or the Study of War?
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis sets out to increase our understanding on how to conduct successful military interventions in internal wars, such as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. But, instead of investigating different variables which might contribute to success, the focus is on the practice of knowledge production.

Numerous scholars have focused on how to conduct military interventions in internal wars successfully. However, research is conducted in different disciplines, such as Peace Studies and War Studies. According to interdisciplinary advocates, this might impede a rational advancement of knowledge. The aim of this thesis, therefore, is to scrutinise whether military interventions in internal wars are understood and approached differently in different disciplines, and to investigate whether these differences result in different knowledge about how to conduct successful military interventions in internal wars. The investigation has been conducted in two steps.

In the first step – focusing on theory – research on peace operations and counterinsurgencies was compared, regarding underlying assumptions, independ­ent and dependent variables, causal mechanisms and methodology. Several differences were identified. Not only are the underlying assumptions, theories, and variables different between the two research areas of peace operations and counterinsurgencies, there are also differences in methodological approaches, such as the unit of analysis. These differences could imply that disciplines frame the way we understand the object of study and how we conduct research.

In the second step – focusing on practice – the ISAF mission in Afghanistan was interpreted from the two disciplinary perspectives. Several differences were identified here as well, suggesting that disciplinary approaches influence our knowledge of how to conduct successful military interventions in internal wars. Departing from the differences found between the two research areas in the first part of the thesis, different ways to overcome these differences are suggested. Following these suggestions, research on military interventions in internal wars might become more rational, potentially increasing our understanding of how to conduct these operations successfully.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, 2011. p. 192
Keywords
Afghanistan, civil war, counterinsurgency, insurgency, interdisciplinary, ISAF, military intervention, peace operation, Peace Studies, War Studies
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2152 (URN)978-91-628-8231-0 (ISBN)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2009). The Changing Character of Peace Operations: The Use of Force at the Tactical Level. In: Karin Aggestam & Annika Björkdahl (Ed.), War and Peace in Transition: Changing Roles of External Actors (pp. 90-106). Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Changing Character of Peace Operations: The Use of Force at the Tactical Level
2009 (English)In: War and Peace in Transition: Changing Roles of External Actors / [ed] Karin Aggestam & Annika Björkdahl, Lund: Nordic Academic Press , 2009, p. 90-106Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2009
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-240 (URN)978-91-85509-22-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-02-15 Created: 2010-02-15 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. & Ångström, J. (2008). Avslutning: att välja rätt bland rivaliserande kunskaper om operation och krigsvetenskap. In: Dan Öberg (Ed.), Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok 2007: (pp. 215-232). Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Avslutning: att välja rätt bland rivaliserande kunskaper om operation och krigsvetenskap
2008 (Swedish)In: Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok 2007 / [ed] Dan Öberg, Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan , 2008, p. 215-232Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan, 2008
Series
Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok, ISSN 1652-1684 ; 6
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-589 (URN)978-91-85401-95-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-23 Created: 2010-03-23 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2008). Exploring the utility of armed force in peace operations: German and British approaches in northern Afghanistan. Small Wars & Insurgencies, 19(3), 352-373
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the utility of armed force in peace operations: German and British approaches in northern Afghanistan
2008 (English)In: Small Wars & Insurgencies, ISSN 0959-2318, E-ISSN 1743-9558, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 352-373Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The robust approach of the American forces in for example Afghanistan and Iraq is often criticised and compared to the more soft approach of the British forces. However, there are surprisingly few systematic studies on the relationship between the conduct of force and the outcome of peace operations. Two kinds of military conduct in Afghanistan have been explored in this article, one that could be called 'minimum force' and one that could be called 'show of force'. Contradicting the commonly held idea of the superiority of 'minimum force', 'show of force' correlated with a better outcome than the 'minimum force' approach. However, before arguing that a 'show of force' approach is a better way to conduct peace operations, more reliable data on the outcome, and additional case studies, are needed.

Keywords
Peace operations, counterinsurgency, tactics, minimum force, show of force, Afghanistan
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-335 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-22 Created: 2010-02-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2008). Kulturförståelse i den militära utbildningen. In: Dan Öberg (Ed.), Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok 2007: (pp. 195-206). Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kulturförståelse i den militära utbildningen
2008 (Swedish)In: Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok 2007 / [ed] Dan Öberg, Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan , 2008, p. 195-206Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan, 2008
Series
Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok, ISSN 1652-1684
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-340 (URN)978-91-85401-95-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-02-22 Created: 2010-02-22 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2007). Culture and the Outcome of Military Interventions: Developing some Hypotheses. In: Jan Angstrom & Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Ed.), Understanding Victory and Defeat in Contemporary War. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Culture and the Outcome of Military Interventions: Developing some Hypotheses
2007 (English)In: Understanding Victory and Defeat in Contemporary War / [ed] Jan Angstrom & Isabelle Duyvesteyn, London: Routledge, 2007Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2007
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2153 (URN)0-415-40457-6 (ISBN)0-203-96768-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
Larsdotter, K. (2005). New Wars, Old Warfare?: Comparing US Tactics in Afghanistan and Vietnam. In: Jan Angstrom & Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Ed.), Rethinking the nature of war: Clausewitz and His Critics Revisited. London: Frank Cass Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Wars, Old Warfare?: Comparing US Tactics in Afghanistan and Vietnam
2005 (English)In: Rethinking the nature of war: Clausewitz and His Critics Revisited / [ed] Jan Angstrom & Isabelle Duyvesteyn, London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2005Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2005
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2154 (URN)978-0-415-35462-2 (ISBN)978-0-415-35461-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved
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