Netherlands annual review of military studies 2015
The dilemma of leaving: political and military exit strategiesGebonden Engels 2015 9789462650770
This book seeks to bridge the gap between academic, political and military thinking concerning the success and failure of peacekeeping operations and their termination. Exit strategies have recently gained attention in political, military, academic and public debates, due to the Western engagement in international and intrastate conflicts since the end of the Cold War. Yet, many of those debates took place separately. This volume, which is predominantly a joint product of academics and the military of the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy, shows new venues by bridging the putative political-military divide.
Drawing on theory, empirics, and personal experiences the authors address exits at political, strategic, operational and tactical levels of current and past military missions and interventions, ranging from decolonisation wars to Afghanistan and Iraq. Although some of those conflicts are still ongoing, valid inferences can be drawn. An important one is that exit forms a problem for those who leave and for those who stay. While political and military objectives might not have been reached and many of those involved have the feeling that the job is still not yet done, the termination of the entire mission or transitions at operational level necessitate both departures and handovers-takeovers and are thereby characterised by discontinuities and continuities at the same time. It is these dynamics between unfulfilled end states and end dates that, in the end, lead to the dilemma of leaving.
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The Dilemma of Leaving: Political and Military Exit Strategies
The Paradox of Leaving: Four Historical Case Studies on the Dynamics of Exit Strategies
Strategic Narratives, Political Debates and Causes of the Dutch Exit from Uruzgan
‘Right Intent’: The Moral Dimension of Exit
Hitting a Moving Target: Evaluating the ‘Exit’ from State-building Missions
Dynamics of the Political 2-Level-Game in War Termination
Getting Away with Exit: The Role of Strategic Communication
From Entrapment to Indifference?
Two Ways of Leaving: A Comparative Case Study on Exit Strategies of a UN and a NATO Led Mission
The Comprehensive Approach and the Problem of Exiting Civil Military Cooperation: Lessons from Uruzgan
Ex©iting Dilemma: A Defence Economics View on a US Exit from NATO
Conclusion: Pitfalls and Potentials of Exit Studies and Practices
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