Coping with Caveats in Coalition Warfare

An Empirical Research Program

  • Gunnar Fermann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 3-22
  3. Conceptualizing Caveats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 25-35
  4. Approaching Caveats

  5. Theorizing Caveats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 127-143
    3. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 145-162
    4. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 163-182
  6. Researching Caveats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Gunnar Fermann
      Pages 237-271
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-281

About this book


This book develops a framework for analysis, and a set of research strategies, to better understand the conditions and mechanisms involved in the considerable use of caveats by states contributing militarily to coalition operations. In the professional language of military servicemen, security analysts and decision-makers, “caveats” refers to the reservations on the use of force states put on their military contingents as a precondition to participate in particular multinational enforcement operations. Such understood caveats are an instrument of statecraft and foreign policy. However, caveats also are a potential threat to the integrity and military effectiveness of the coalition force in question, and, further down the road, an erosion on the fabric of security alliances. This volume is ideal for audiences interested in military and defence studies, security studies and coalition warfare.

Gunnar Fermann is Associate Professor at the Department for Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. Previously, he was Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, USA.


military caveat security studies defence studies security alliance coalition force military contingents military enforcement coalition warfare coalition operations foreign policy international security political caveat political theory governmental politics military organization comparative politics international relations NATO United Nations

Authors and affiliations

  • Gunnar Fermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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