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European Defence PolicyBeyond the Nation State$
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Frédéric Mérand

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533244.001.0001

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The Internationalization of European Armed Forces

The Internationalization of European Armed Forces

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(p.44) 2 The Internationalization of European Armed Forces
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European Defence Policy
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Frédéric Mérand (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533244.003.0003

Thanks to the integrated structures of the Atlantic Alliance and the growth of multinational interventions since the end of the Cold War, West European armed forces increasingly look like multinational corporations: they operate on a global theatre; their manpower is international in outlook; and their governing structures are increasingly similar. Mutatis mutandis, they have moved towards small all-volunteer forces (or an all-volunteer core), covering a wide spectrum of tasks, and usually intervening in a multinational context in missions that are only loosely related to “national” defense. To a large extent, this international defense field stabilized around NATO institutions, rules, and social representations.

Keywords:   all-volunteer forces, armed forces, Atlantic alliance, internationalization, multinational interventions, national defense, Western Europe

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