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Introduction: Coordinating actors in complex operations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2013 (English)In: Small Wars & Insurgencies, ISSN 0959-2318, Vol. 24, no 2, 206-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International responses to conflicts and humanitarian emergencies have become more crowded. Not only do traditional actors intervene on a greater scale, such as non-governmental organizations and the military, but new actors such as Private Military Security Companies also play an increasingly important role. These actors often differ in their precise objective and the constituencies they are accountable to. Yet, the practices of these actors in operations are intertwined and many of their tasks overlap. Improved communication and coordination of these actors in complex operations can thus be expected to lead to strong increases in mission effectiveness. This Special Issue provides a conceptual platform to understand and explain under what conditions coordination among these actors occurs. The articles cluster around three themes. A first set focuses on who the actors involved are along a private vs public and military vs civilian divide; a second group of articles assesses experiences of coordination of different actors in the field; finally, a third looks at a plurality of elements that may trigger or hinder coordination.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 24, no 2, 206-210 p.
Keyword [en]
complex operations, coordination, comprehensive approach, Private Military Security Companies, NGOs, development contractors, military organizations
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214508DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2013.778031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214508DiVA: diva2:684956
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved

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