How will Western intervention policies look like in the future? Nevertheless, military strategists and scholars claim that we are already witnessing consequences of the presented findings.
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They are debating them vividly and take them as a basis to formulate hypotheses about the near future of Western military interventions. The most prominent ones are presented below. Western military interventions will be more selective and more obviously oriented towards the respective national interest than those in the past.
This assumption has to be treated with caution though. Interventions will be less ambitious than in the past. Complex and costly state-, nation- and peacebuilding missions will become rare. In times of fiscal austerity, we are likely to witness shorter interventions with limited objectives and expectations.
One is the deployment of mercenaries, the personnel of private military companies PMCs , rather than regular soldiers. Another option, whose use and effects are increasingly discussed in the public as well as in academia, is the military reliance on unmanned systems, mainly drones.
Most notably, however, they allow the protection of troops from above or even to substitute them and thereby to prevent losses. Additionally, the precision-guided munitions, the real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance — supposedly — allows for striking with enough precision to minimize or even avoid civilian casualties and unnecessary damage. Western interventions will be harder to sell to the war-weary Western public. The political pressure to use the existing resources for domestic problems will increase at the same time.
A poll of the Pew Research Centerfound the lowest public support for an active US foreign policy since , as well as a growing desire to focus away from the world stage Pew Reserach Center David Chandler argues, as presented in detail in the section 2. Other tools and strategies to minimize wartime casualties, described by Mandel, are nonlethal weapons, precision-guided munitions, and information warfare Mandel Towards a Post-Interventionist Era?
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Interest Western military interventions will be more selective and more obviously oriented towards the respective national interest than those in the past. Size and Scope Interventions will be less ambitious than in the past. The hypothesis pursued in this volume states that, in the foreseeable future, we may see a different kind of military intervention policy and intervention posture of the West that will lead to different military interventions.
It may be argued that we are witnessing the dawn of a new era, the era of military post-interventionism. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. Advertisement Hide. Front Matter Pages Pages Of these, we identify the building of a flexible infrastructure of partnerships and operational capabilities for the protection and promotion of US interests and the containment of potential threats as of key importance. We have shown how different actors and elements were included and excluded and how they played different parts in making the assemblage cohere and work.
Human security discourses ICC arrest warrants, Recovery Acts, the Kony video and Crisis Tracker became crucial in ensuring the diffusion, circulation and reproduction of specific kinds of legitimizing expertise and knowledge. It illustrates how the Kony assemblage mutated into other military arrangements and deal-makings, such as the deployment of Ugandan troops to fight Al-Shabaab.
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The mobility and temporal open-endedness of what we here have termed liquid warfare makes it hard to trace and pin down. We are grateful to our colleagues at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, and the three anonymous reviewers for their inspiring and constructive comments. Her most recent book is Theories of Violent Conflict 2nd edn, Routledge, , and currently she is writing Boundaries and Violence Routledge, Email: ln. She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on issues related to global justice assemblages and military assemblages, drawing on ongoing fieldwork in East Africa.
See Airwars and Remote Control In principle, this is paid to private contractors, but in reality, as regional specialist Kristof Titeca explained, the Ugandan military makes a list of goods it needs, which is then allocated to military contractors Interview 1. See also Fisher : and Titeca and Costeur : In , an action plan for a regional task force had already been adopted during a special summit in Tripoli see International Crisis Group, For a description of these events, see Titeca and Atkinson See also Schomerus and de Vries This was confirmed in an interview with a commander of the Ugandan military Interview 5.
See also International Crisis Group : In , for example, a US-trained military leader overthrew the democratically elected government of Mali in a coup Whitlock, Funding: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Under the heading of The Intimacies of Remote Warfare , Jolle and Lauren are currently engaged in research projects on remote military interventionism and blowback. Jolle Demmers, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Lauren Gould, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Interview with a commander of the Ugandan military confidential source , Gulu, Uganda, 6 January National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Security Dialogue. Secur Dialogue. Published online Jun 1. Jolle Demmers and Lauren Gould. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Jolle Demmers, Utrecht University, the Netherlands;. Introduction In the Middle East and across Africa, an expanding conglomerate of armed actors is engaged in surveillance programmes, training operations, targeted killings and manhunts, often outside conventional war zones.
As early as , the US Department of Defense : 6 articulated this idea as follows: The DoD has an essential role to play in shaping the international security environment in ways that promote and protect US national interests. Assemblages, boundaries and power: Aligning political economy and Foucauldian views We examine extrastate military operations as assemblages, that is, as linked directly to a practice: to assemble.
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Managing failures and contradictions Despite these failures, none of the actors within the military assemblage have been held accountable for the lives lost and damage done. Acknowledgments We are grateful to our colleagues at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, and the three anonymous reviewers for their inspiring and constructive comments. Notes 1.
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