As Western powers contemplate armed intervention in Syria, their proficiency in translating raw military power into political effect is key. Can past experience in designing multinational campaigns still teach us anything about international security in an age of austerity? As the appetite for foreign adventure dwindles, have European states learned how to conduct interventions if, as was the case in Mali, there is no other option left? Most importantly, what are the implications of two decades of campaigning for European defence planning writ large?
Panel debate with Sven Biscop (chair)
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