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Suhrke -- A contradictory mission? NATO from stabilization to combat... -- 2008

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Author Suhrke, Astri.
Title A contradictory mission? NATO from stabilization to combat in Afghanistan / Astri Suhrke.
Imprint 2008.
Physical Description p. 214-236 ; 30 cm.
Notes Published in: “International peacekeeping” v. 15 (no. 2) April 2008, p. 214-236.
Abstract: “Between 2001 and 2007, the United States and NATO gradually abandoned the commitment to a light military footprint in Afghanistan, initially adopted to avoid making the same mistakes as the Soviet Union. A heavy footprint, it was feared, would enable the militants to mobilize resistance in the name of Islam and Afghan nationalism. As it turned out, the militants mobilized effectively to meet the growing foreign military presence. More combat troops have given NATO some tactical victories, but the limitations and counterproductive effects of the military approach to defeat the militants tend to undermine NATO's broader stabilization function in Afghanistan, thus pointing to a fundamental contradiction in the mission. Strengthening NATO's combat role is likely to sharpen this contradiction and increase the related probability of a strategic failure.”
Subject Headings Military assistance, European – Afghanistan.
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
North Atlantic Treaty Organization – Afghanistan.
Afghan War, 2001- .
War on Terror, 2001- .
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Accession Number 9124
Language English
Language Code E
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Record Number 8211