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Policing Wars: On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum.
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This interdisciplinary study provides an original account of the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to show how, why and with what consequences, twenty-first century wars became seen as policing wars.   

Holmqvist starts from the assumption that wars always reflect the societies that wage them and combines the analysis of western strategic thinking with a philosophical examination of the core ideas that structure the contemporary liberal imagination. She argues that the US-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq were characterised by a widespread understanding of war as 'policing' – that is, waged against opponents deemed 'criminal' rather than political, and directed at the creation and maintenance of a certain type of 'order'. Holmqvist turns to themes of social theory and philosophy to offer new perspectives on why the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were waged in the way they were, and why the fantasy of policing wars came to resonate so widely amongst policy makers and academics alike.

This unique contribution to the study of war and international politics will appeal to scholars of the philosophy and sociology of war, military strategy and international relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. , 176 p.
Series
Rethinking political violence
Keyword [en]
world politics, intervention, Afghanistan, Iraq, defence policy, asymmetric warfare, philosophy
Keyword [sv]
internationell politik, folkrätt, intervention, Afghanistan, Irak, försvarspolitik, asymmetrisk krigföring, filosofi
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5191DOI: 10.1057/9781137323613Libris ID: 16361363ISBN: 9781137323606 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5191DiVA: diva2:780474
Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-14 Last updated: 2017-06-14Bibliographically approved

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