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Goodbye to all that: on small wars and big choices

Porter, P. (2014) Goodbye to all that: on small wars and big choices. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 25 (3). pp. 685-695. ISSN 0959-2318

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2014.914127


This article reflects on a decade of British counterinsurgency operations. Questioning the idea that lessons have been learnt, the paper challenges the assumptions that are being used to frame future strategic choice. Suggesting that defence engagement is primarily focused on optimising overseas interventions while avoiding a deeper strategic reassessment about whether the UK should be undertaking these sorts of activities, the article calls for a proper debate on Britain's national security interests.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:37058
Uncontrolled Keywords:defence engagement, state\-building, stabilisation, defence diplomacy, intervention

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