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Regaining Strategy: Small Powers, Strategic Culture, and Escalation in Afghanistan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Strategic Studies, ISSN 0140-2390, Vol. 35, no 5, 663-687 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Western operations in Afghanistan, small European powers escalate in different ways. While Denmark and the Netherlands have contributed to Western escalation through integration with British and US forces, Norway and Sweden have done so by creating a division of labour allowing US and British combat forces to concentrate their efforts in the south. These variations in strategic behaviour suggest that the strategic choice of small powers is more diversified than usually assumed. We argue that strategic culture can explain the variation in strategic behaviour of the small allies in Afghanistan. In particular, Dutch and Danish internationalism have reconciled the use of force in the national and international domains, while in Sweden and Norway there is still a sharp distinction between national interest and humanitarianism.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 35, no 5, 663-687 p.
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Strategy, Escalation, Afghan War, Strategic Culture, Small States
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187743DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2012.706969ISI: 000310840000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187743DiVA: diva2:575561
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2013-01-30Bibliographically approved

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