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By Gerhard Kümmel, Bastian Giegerich

The current anthology stems from the notion of a frequent and happen uneasiness about the company of army intervention in our instances. certainly, the West is for really a while engaged in a deep introspection approximately his army intervention guidelines within the future years and displays approximately this. what's going to Western army intervention regulations appear like sooner or later; what sort of army intervention guidelines is needed and what sort of army intervention rules is financially, politically and socio-culturally attainable and militarily possible? The speculation pursued during this quantity states that, within the foreseeable destiny, we might even see a unique type of army intervention coverage and intervention posture of the West that might bring about diverse army interventions. it can be argued that we're witnessing the sunrise of a brand new period, the period of army post-interventionism.

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In the course of history, armed forces were used in many ways, the conquest and/or the defense of a territory being only one method, albeit the most common among them. Secondly, non-Western armed forces also perform non-traditional missions. For them, the process of transformation requires different plans and steps. e. the world of nation states, the most legitimized mission of the armed forces became the defense of the homeland. Support of the alliance was another major mission during the decades after 1945.

New kinds of operations (such as the ‘three block war’ portrayed by Krulak) put greater responsibilities on the shoulders of junior officers that had to take decisions on the spot often with dramatic diplomatic consequences. Contemporary operations present characteristics that diverge considerably from what Huntington had predicted: That politics is a civilian sphere that was tasked with the ‘art of war’ – the world of the ends or value objectives of war – and that the military strictly focused on the ‘science of war’ – providing the military means to achieve these objectives (Dandeker 2010: 19).

Neither are civil organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations alike, always instruments of a peaceful reconstruction. This bleak picture has consequences for all external actors. The question is: Is there a ‘third way’ between humanitarian interventions doomed to fail and a laisser faire-attitude of looking away? With the predominantly negative experiences of the last two decades, it is evident that there is a need for new intervention strategies with civil and military means.

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