Italian Military Operations Abroad: Just Don't Call it War

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Palgrave Macmillan, Feb 17, 2012 - Political Science - 265 pages
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Peace support operations have become one of the most important tools in the foreign policy of Western democracies. This volume is a study of the military operations of a medium-size democracy (in this case Italy) in the last twenty years. The volume examines Italy's military operations through analysis of parliamentary debates and interviews with leading policy-makers from the time of the various missions abroad. The book presents a profile of Italy's long-term foreign and defence policy by applying a constructivist approach. It analyses the political culture of the MPs and top decision-makers in foreign and defence policy and compares their cultural frameworks with conditions of actual military deployment in the field. It also includes a broad discussion of Italy's military doctrine since the end of the Cold War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Foreign Policy of a Latecomer
8
2 The Political Interpretation of Italys Military Operations Abroad
42
Italys Military Missions 19902001
83
Italys Military Missions 20018
127
Italys Debate on Security and Defence
160
Conclusions
182
A View from the Ground
187
Appendix
194
Notes
219
References
238
Index
255
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PIERO IGNAZI is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bologna, Italy. He is Chairman of the Research Committee for Political Sociology of IPSA and ISA. He has worked extensively on party systems in Italy and Europe. His most recent publication is Extreme Right Parties in Western Europe (2006, 2nd expanded and updated edition).

GIAMPIERO GIACOMELLO is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Bologna, Italy and Adjunct Professor of European Studies at the James Madison University EU Policy Studies M.A. programme, Florence, Italy. His latest publication is Security in the West (2009, edited with C. Nation).

FABRIZIO COTICCHIA is Research Fellow at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. His research interests are international relations, conflict and post-conflict studies, development and institutional change.