Item description for Soldiers and Civil Power: Supporting or Substituting Civil Authorities in Modern Peace Operations by Thijs Brocades Zaalberg...
Since the Cold War, peace operations have become the core focus of many Western armed forces. In these operations, the division between civil and military responsibilities often rapidly blurs.
Among policy makers and in military circles, a debate has erupted regarding the scope of the military in stabilizing and reconstructing war torn societies. Should soldiers, who primarily prepare for combat duties, observe a strict segregation between the "military sphere" and the "civilian sphere" or become involved in "nation building"? Should soldiers be allowed to venture into the murky arena of public security, civil administration, humanitarian relief, and political and social reconstruction?
In Soldiers and Civil Power, Thijs Brocades Zaalberg draws on military records and in-depth interviews with key players to examine international operations in the 1990's in Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Focusing his historical analysis on the experiences of various battalions in the field, he reveals large gaps between this tactical level of operations, political-strategic decision making and military doctrine. By comparing peace operations to examples of counterinsurgency operations in the colonial era and military governance in World War II, he exposes the controversial, but inescapable role of the Western military in supporting and even substituting civil authorities during military interventions.
At a time when US forces and its allies struggle to restore order in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brocades Zaalberg's in-depth study is an invaluable resource not only for military historians, but anyone interested in the evolving global mission of armed forces in the twenty-first century.
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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7" Height: 9.5" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2006
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 9053567925 ISBN13 9789053567920
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More About Thijs Brocades Zaalberg
Thijs Brocades Zaalberg is an analyst at the Clingendael Center for Strategic Studies in The Hague.