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A dangerous pathway? Toward a theory of special forces
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Joint Warfare Division, Joint Operations Section.
2019 (English)In: Comparative Strategy, ISSN 0149-5933, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 255-275Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores what is considered by some to be a dangerous pathway:the development of a theory of special forces. The world is now inthe third age of special forces and these secret military units are atthe forefront of the use of force in international relations. This research identifies a large theory-knowledge gap concerning these military “first responders” for modern nation-states and offers a tentative theory of special forces that goes beyond traditional annihilation/attrition models of wartoward a new anaphylaxis model. It makes the case that the theory pathwayis not dangerous, but emancipatory.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 38, no 4, p. 255-275
Keywords [en]
theory, special forces, international relations, anaphylaxis model
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8717DOI: 10.1080/01495933.2019.1633181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8717DiVA, id: diva2:1344128
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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