Influence without power? Reframing British concepts of military intervention after 10 years of counterinsurgency

Ford, Matthew (2014) Influence without power? Reframing British concepts of military intervention after 10 years of counterinsurgency. Small Wars & Insurgencies, 25 (3). pp. 495-500. ISSN 0959-2318

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Abstract

British attitudes towards military intervention following the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have undergone what appears to be considerable change. Parliament has voted against the use of Britain's armed forces in Syria and the public are unenthused by overseas engagement. Conscious of the costs and the challenges posed by the use of British military power the government has been busy revamping the way it approaches crises overseas. The result is a set of policies that apparently heralds a new direction in foreign policy. This new direction is encapsulated in the Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS) and the more recent International Defence Engagement Strategy (IDES). Both BSOS and IDES set out the basis for avoiding major deployments to overseas conflict and instead refocuses effort on defence diplomacy, working with and through overseas governments and partners, early warning, pre-conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction. Developing a number of themes that reach from across the Cold War to more contemporary discussions of British strategy, the goal of this special edition is to take into account a number of perspectives that place BSOS and IDES in their historical and strategic context. These papers suggest that using defence diplomacy is and will remain an extremely imprecise lever that needs to be carefully managed if it is to remain a democratically accountable tool of foreign policy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy > JZ1400 Diplomatic and consular service
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ6360 Non military coercion
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Depositing User: Matthew Ford
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 22:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49590

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