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Exploring the utility of armed force in peace operations: German and British approaches in northern Afghanistan
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för markoperationer (KV Mark).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5843-3878
2008 (English)In: Small Wars & Insurgencies, ISSN 0959-2318, Vol. 19, no 3, 352-373 p.Article 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.

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2008. Vol. 19, no 3, 352-373 p.
Keyword [en]
Peace operations, counterinsurgency, tactics, minimum force, show of force, Afghanistan
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-335DiVA: diva2:298933
Available from: 2010-02-22 Created: 2010-02-22 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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