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Multinational military cooperation and its challenges : the case of European naval operations in the wider Mediterranean area.

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Journal publication date06/2008
JournalInternational Relations
Journal number2
Volume22
Number of pages19
Pages173-191
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In order to cope with current security challenges, such as regional conflicts, humanitarian disasters or terrorist threats, European states in the post-Cold War era make important use of naval forces within a complex multilateral framework. However, the issues relating to European navies have rarely been tackled in the literature on multilateral military cooperation. Therefore this article aims to fill the gap by studying the nature of the European post-Cold War multilateral naval framework, and taking it as a case study to illustrate the current issues facing multinational military cooperation. To do so, the article focuses on the wider Mediterranean region, since most of the security challenges identified by the Europeans are now localized in this area.