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Reshaping defence diplomacy : new roles for military co-operation and assistance.

Cottey, A. and Forster, A. (2004) 'Reshaping defence diplomacy : new roles for military co-operation and assistance.', Oxford: Oxford University Press. Adelphi Papers. (365).


The following text is taken from the website of the International Institute for Strategic Studies: "Over the last decade there have been major changes in patterns of international defence diplomacy. Defence diplomacy – peacetime military cooperation and assistance – has traditionally been used for realpolitik purposes of strengthening allies against common enemies. Since the early 1990s, however, the Western democracies have increasingly used defence diplomacy for a range of new purposes. These include strategic engagement with former or potential enemies, in particular Russia and China, encouraging multilateral regional cooperation, supporting the democratisation of civil-military relations and assisting states in developing peacekeeping capabilities. This Adelphi Paper analyses the new defence diplomacy and the policy challenges and dilemmas it poses. The new defence diplomacy runs alongside the old and there are tensions between the two, in particular between the new goal of promoting democracy and the old imperative of supporting authoritarian allies. These tensions cannot easily be resolved, but external defence diplomacy assistance is likely to play a continuing role in supporting conflict prevention, the reform and democratisation of armed forces and the development of peacekeeping capabilities."

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Published by Oxford University Press for the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
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Date of first online publication:May 2004
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