Is there Utility in Applying Military Strategy in UN Missions?

  • Håkan Edström
  • Dennis Gyllensporre
Part of the New Security Challenges Series book series (NSECH)


During the last decade many European and North American countries have focused their military troop contributions to operations in Afghanistan. Mindful of the austere economic situation for most of these countries, the announced plans for withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops is likely to generate a fresh perspective on future engagement in military operations. The United States (US) political and economic situation suggests that their military involvement is likely to be vetted against national interests more than that has been the case. In a similar vein, the United Kingdom (UK) is struggling with economic reforms on top of the combat fatigue that more than a decade of sustained operations in Afghanistan and Iraq has generated. France has similar challenges, albeit on a limited scale. As a consequence, the likelihood of new and ambitious North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or the European Union (EU) operations is slim, unless European and/or American vital security interests are at stake.


European Union United Nations Security Council Military Operation Strategic Level 
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© Håkan Edström and Dennis Gyllensporre 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Håkan Edström
    • 1
  • Dennis Gyllensporre
    • 2
  1. 1.Swedish National Defence CollegeStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Peace and Conflict ResearchUppsala UniversitySweden

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