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Mohlin, Marcus
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Mohlin, M. (2017). Security Sector Reform as Trojan Horse?: New Security Assemblages of Privatized Military Training in Liberia. In: Higate, Paul & Utas, Mats (Ed.), Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday (pp. 107-120). Zed Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Security Sector Reform as Trojan Horse?: New Security Assemblages of Privatized Military Training in Liberia
2017 (English)In: Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday / [ed] Higate, Paul & Utas, Mats, Zed Books, 2017, p. 107-120Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zed Books, 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6675 (URN)9781786990266 (ISBN)9781786990259 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2016). Merchants of Security: Private Security Companies, Strategy and the Quest for Power (1ed.). In: Berndtsson, Joakim & Kinsey, Christopher (Ed.), The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing: (pp. 109-116). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Merchants of Security: Private Security Companies, Strategy and the Quest for Power
2016 (English)In: The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing / [ed] Berndtsson, Joakim & Kinsey, Christopher, London: Routledge, 2016, 1, p. 109-116Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016 Edition: 1
Series
Routledge handbooks
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6676 (URN)9781472426833 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2017-04-12Bibliographically approved
Edström, H., Ellström, C., Mohlin, M. & Oltorp, A. (2016). Militärstrategiskt samarbete: Finland lösningen... eller problemet?. Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift (2), 108-121
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Militärstrategiskt samarbete: Finland lösningen... eller problemet?
2016 (Swedish)In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5369, no 2, p. 108-121Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6474 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2014). Commercialisation of Warfare and Shadow Wars: Private Military Companies as Strategic Tools. St. Antony's International Review (STAIR), 9(2), 24-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Commercialisation of Warfare and Shadow Wars: Private Military Companies as Strategic Tools
2014 (English)In: St. Antony's International Review (STAIR), ISSN 1746-451X, E-ISSN 1746-4528, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 24-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is frequently argued that the existence of Private Military Security Companies (PMSC) is a proof of weakened state authority, and indeed strategies involving the hiring of PMSCs contribute to a change of the world order. Still, some decision-makers view such companies as a very useful and necessary extension of foreign policy. This article investigates the role of PMSCs by analysing the contract awarded to Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) to train the Bosnian military in 1995. Even though the case investigated is well known, it is actually partly misrepresented in current scholarly writings. The subsequent analysis will shed new light on the MPRI contract with the Bosnian Federation Government by illustrating that the situation in Bosnia in 1992-95 had become the new battleground for a tug of war between America and Iran, and the hiring of MPRI to train the Bosnian military must be seen in that context. Drawing on personal interviews and previously classified telegrams between the US State Department and some of its embassies around the globe, it will be illustrated that the practice of using PMSCs gives world leaders a possibility to seem disconnected from specific regions when they, in fact, are deeply involved. Apparently, some world leaders regard private military firms as valuable tools, and while it is at times held that PMSCs undermine state authority, it is clear that they can strengthen states considerably. In the case investigated here, the US government would not have been able to thwart Iranian influence in Europe had it not been for the services of MPRI. In short, companies allow decision-makers to operate in the twilight space of world politics where they can participate in the reproduction of present global political and social power structures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: , 2014
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4602 (URN)
Available from: 2014-05-21 Created: 2014-05-21 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2014). Strategic Culture in the Baltic Sea Region: The Impact of Ideas on the Organization and Use of Military Forces. In: Ries, Tomas (Ed.), Strategic Decision-Making: Four Baltic Approaches (pp. 9-32). Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic Culture in the Baltic Sea Region: The Impact of Ideas on the Organization and Use of Military Forces
2014 (English)In: Strategic Decision-Making: Four Baltic Approaches / [ed] Ries, Tomas, Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden, 2014, p. 9-32Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden, 2014
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5423 (URN)978-91-7335-040-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-08 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-08Bibliographically approved
Engelbrekt, K., Mohlin, M. & Wagnsson, C. (Eds.). (2014). The NATO Intervention in Libya: Lessons learned from the campaign. Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The NATO Intervention in Libya: Lessons learned from the campaign
2014 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book explores ‘lessons learned’ from the military intervention in Libya by examining key aspects of the 2011 NATO campaign. NATO’s intervention in Libya had unique features, rendering it unlikely to serve as a model for action in other situations. There was an explicit UN Security Council mandate to use military force, a strong European commitment to protect Libyan civilians, Arab League political endorsement and American engagement in the critical, initial phase of the air campaign. Although the seven-month intervention stretched NATO’s ammunition stockpiles and political will almost to their respective breaking points, the definitive overthrow of the Gaddafi regime is universally regarded as a major accomplishment. With contributions from a range of key thinkers and analysts in the field, the book first explains the law and politics of the intervention, starting out with deliberations in NATO and at the UN Security Council, both noticeably influenced by the concept of a Responsibility to Protect (R2P). It then goes on to examine a wide set of military and auxiliary measures that governments and defence forces undertook in order to increasingly tilt the balance against the Gaddafi regime and to bring about an end to the conflict, as well as to the intervention proper, while striving to keep the number of NATO and civilian casualties to a minimum. This book will be of interest to students of strategic studies, history and war studies, and IR in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. p. xx, 249
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4164 (URN)9780415705493 (ISBN)
Note

Enligt förlaget utgiven 2014

Available from: 2013-09-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2013). Cloak and Dagger in Libya: The Libyan Thuwar and the Role of Allied Special Forces. In: Kjell Engelbrekt, Marcus Mohlin, Charlotte Wagnsson (Ed.), The NATO Intervention in Libya: Lessons learned from the campaign. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cloak and Dagger in Libya: The Libyan Thuwar and the Role of Allied Special Forces
2013 (English)In: The NATO Intervention in Libya: Lessons learned from the campaign / [ed] Kjell Engelbrekt, Marcus Mohlin, Charlotte Wagnsson, London: Routledge, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The NATO led intervention in Libya has very often been described as consisting of navy and air forces and that they contributed to the winning of the campaign. Not fully recognised is the fact that many nations also sent contingents of special forces in support of operations. These special operations forces trained and advised many rebel groups that contributed to the outcome of the conflict.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2013
National Category
Other Social Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4242 (URN)9780415705493 (ISBN)
Note

Enligt förlaget utgiven 2014

Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2014-01-14Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2013). Privatized Military Assistance and Training: Security Sector Programs and Private Security Providers in Africa. In: : . Paper presented at Private Security Providers Workshop - Nairobi, 9-10 December 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Privatized Military Assistance and Training: Security Sector Programs and Private Security Providers in Africa
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4243 (URN)
Conference
Private Security Providers Workshop - Nairobi, 9-10 December 2013
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2014-01-16Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2012). The Strategic Use of Military Contractors: American Commercial Military Service Providers in Bosnia and Liberia: 1995-2009. (Doctoral dissertation). Helsinki: National Defence University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Strategic Use of Military Contractors: American Commercial Military Service Providers in Bosnia and Liberia: 1995-2009
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Drawing from strategic theory, this study investigates the strategic roles of commercial companies providing military services, frequently referred to as private military companies.  

Theoretically, the thesis analyzes how states organize its military capabilities in order to be able to wield power within the international system while empirically, it examines the character and role of commercial companies that provide military training services to the United States Government and partner nations. The reason for this rather instrumental and functional, rather than critical, approach is that this work is written within the discipline known as War Studies.

Strategic theory is used first to logically organize the empirical findings in two case studies and then to develop an analytical framework with which the strategic roles of companies providing military services can be investigated.

The analysis has been conducted using both new and hitherto unknown sources in the shape of interviews as well as previously classified telegrams, but also draws on previous research and other secondary sources.

The main findings are that commercial companies have five typical strategic roles: first, they cloak the state by substituting traditional uniformed troops; second, they act as trailblazers by securing US influence in new regions and by breaking new ground by contributing to the build-up of new partners; third, they act as scene setters by preparing the ground for military exit out of a theater of operations or by facilitating inter-operability between foreign militaries and the US military; fourth, they can be used to infiltrate the security structures of foreign countries; fifth and finally, they can be used to provide offensive capabilities by providing either kinetic or cyber warfare effects. Another finding is that military service contracting is an important part of the US strategic culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: National Defence University, 2012. p. 307
Series
Series 1, ISSN 1236-4959 ; 30
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2842 (URN)978-951-25-2304-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-03-26, National Defence College, Strategian Laitos, Maurinkatu 1, Helsinki, 11:13 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-10-30 Last updated: 2012-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mohlin, M. (2010). Outsourcing av militära tjänster. Maanpuolustus (National Defence), 94(4), 41-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Outsourcing av militära tjänster
2010 (Swedish)In: Maanpuolustus (National Defence), ISSN 0357-2080, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 41-45Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: , 2010
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-1041 (URN)
Available from: 2010-12-27 Created: 2010-12-27 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved
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