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A Duty to Save, Support, or Serve the Locals?: Swedish Military Members’ Notions of Military Duty in the Field
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1734-4374
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Abstract [en]

The notion of military duty is becoming increasingly complex in contemporary global security dynamics. Increasing regional instability has renewed focus on national security concerns and the reinstatement of conscription in several European states, nevertheless most European armed forces mainly conduct military operations elsewhere with a principal focus on addressing ‘population-oriented’ security concerns of host states. This dual nature of military duty raises a number of questions, including what contemporary understanding of duty guides the decision-making and behavior of military professionals. The article investigates how population-oriented objectives and responsibilities shape notions of military duty in the context of international military operations. Based on interviews with Swedish military personnel with experiences of international deployment, the article identifies a number of empirical tensions between general notions of military duty and the individual sense of responsibility and obligation in the field.

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Military duty, international military operations, peacekeeping, local population, host-state authorities, grounded theory, national conscription, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8852DiVA, id: diva2:1376712
Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2020-01-18

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