Understanding Civil-Military Interaction

Understanding Civil-Military Interaction : Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Model

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A novel examination of civil-military interaction in particular between militaries and humanitarian actors, in light of the so-called 'Norwegian model' that espouses a clear divide between political and humanitarian (or military and civilian - the model is in fact unclear) actors, while maintaining a tight coordination between them. The Norwegian government has significantly reduced their own military's capacity in the field of civil-military interaction, raising the question as to whether knowledge and skills in this field are necessary. Using a multi-actor security framework, this book examines whether or not the Norwegian government is correct in its assumptions (about both the model and civil-military knowledge amongst military personnel) and concludes that the Norwegian model is a well-meaning but inefficient and problematic model in reality. Although the case study focuses on Norway, the lessons learned are relevant to all nations engaged in civil-military operations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 14.22mm | 544g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • Includes 6 b&w illustrations
  • 1409449661
  • 9781409449669
  • 1,530,169

Table of contents

Contents: Part I Introduction, Theory, Core Concepts and Actors: Introduction; Theorizing civil-military interaction: security, legitimacy, authority and obligation; Actors in the civil-military relationship. Part II Norwegian Experiences in Civil-Military Interaction: Norwegian humanitarian policy, the Norwegian model and irresponsible idealism; CIMIC: the 'function-that-shall-not-be-named'. Part III Challenges, Lessons-Learned and Recommendations: 'Hearts-and-minds' and vacuums; The politics of humanitarian space; Why civil-military interaction? Some recommendations; A Norwegian future in civil-military interaction?; Conclusion. Appendix: methods and parameters; Bibliography; Index.
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Review quote

'Hoogensen Gjorv provides us with a fascinating and detailed insight in the Norwegian practice of civil-military interaction. The many examples and the way the author relates these to theoretical concepts make this book a very interesting read for scholars and practitioners alike.'Sebastiaan Rietjens, Netherlands Defence Academy, The Netherlands
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About Gunhild Hoogensen Gjorv

Gunhild Hoogensen GjArv is an Associate Professor at the University of TromsA, Norway.
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