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Inescapable Entrapments?

The Civil-Military Decision Paths to Uruzgan and Helmand

New insights into how contemporary civilian and military leaders make decisions.
Inescapable Entrapments? reevaluates the role of the military in foreign policy by comparing the decision-making processes behind British and Dutch military action in Afghanistan. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, this study finds that neither the military nor the government influenced the other to act; rather, the decision to deploy troops to Afghanistan emerged organically from a series of prior transnational commitments.

294 pages | 2 halftones, 2 tables | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

History: Military History

Political Science: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

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“The book offers a fresh and illuminating interpretation of how, by whom, and when decisions were made in the Netherlands and United Kingdom as they sought to take part in the NATO operation in Afghanistan. The analysis is original and shows convincingly that the practice had little relationship to the theory upon which political and military processes for the use of armed force are structured.”

General Sir Rupert Smith

“In this book, Mantas proposes a radical and subversive thesis. She shows that the Dutch and British decision to deploy to the NATO mission in southern Afghanistan in 2006 was not made independently by the respective governments of these countries, as might be expected. Rather, both countries were mutually committed to the operation by their transnational military interconnections and obligations. The book represents a major contribution not just to understanding NATO's campaign in Afghanistan but strategy in the twenty-first century.”

Anthony King, University of Warwick

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