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NATO in Afghanistan : Fighting Together, Fighting Alone

Author: David P Auerswald; Stephen M Saideman
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Pres, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Modern warfare is almost always multilateral to one degree or another, requiring countries to cooperate as allies or coalition partners. Yet as the war in Afghanistan has made abundantly clear, multilateral cooperation is neither straightforward nor guaranteed. Countries differ significantly in what they are willing to do and how and where they are willing to do it. Some refuse to participate in dangerous or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David P Auerswald; Stephen M Saideman
ISBN: 0691170878 9780691170879 9780691159386 0691159386
OCLC Number: 960197997
Description: 280 pages : 12 line illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations ix Abbreviations xi Acknowledgments xiii Chapter 1 NATO at War: In Afghanistan and at Home? 1 Chapter 2 NATO and the Primacy of National Decisions in Multilateral Interventions 31 Chapter 3 Explaining National Behavior in Multilateral Interventions 63 Chapter 4 Presidents in Charge: The United States, France, and Poland 85 Chapter 5 Single-Party Parliamentary Governments: The British and Canadians 115 Chapter 6 Coalition Governments in Combat 141 Chapter 7 Does Membership Matter? Examining the Outsiders: Australia and New Zealand 177 Chapter 8 Extending the Argument: Libya and Operation United Protector 195 Chapter 9 Implications for Policy and Theory 217 References 237 Index 251
Responsibility: David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman.

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"Modern warfare is almost always multilateral to one degree or another, requiring countries to cooperate as allies or coalition partners. Yet as the war in Afghanistan has made abundantly clear, multilateral cooperation is neither straightforward nor guaranteed. Countries differ significantly in what they are willing to do and how and where they are willing to do it. Some refuse to participate in dangerous or offensive missions. Others change tactical objectives with each new commander. Some countries defer to their commanders while others hold them to strict account. NATO in Afghanistan explores how government structures and party politics in NATO countries shape how battles are waged in the field. Drawing on more than 250 interviews with senior officials from around the world, David Auerswald and Stephen Saideman find that domestic constraints in presidential and single-party parliamentary systems--in countries such as the United States and Britain respectively--differ from those in countries with coalition governments, such as Germany and the Netherlands. As a result, different countries craft different guidelines for their forces overseas, most notably in the form of military caveats, the often-controversial limits placed on deployed troops. Providing critical insights into the realities of alliance and coalition warfare, NATO in Afghanistan also looks at non-NATO partners such as Australia, and assesses NATO's performance in the 2011 Libyan campaign to show how these domestic political dynamics are by no means unique to Afghanistan."--Publishers.

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