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Coalition formation and management in the Asia-Pacific region: the case of an American-Japanese-Australian combination

Wilkins, TS 2008, Coalition formation and management in the Asia-Pacific region: the case of an American-Japanese-Australian combination , in: Annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 10 October 2008, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the dynamics of multinational military operations or 'coalition warfare' framed within the wider context of the dichotomy between state-centric and multilateral approaches to national security in the Asia-Pacific region. The value of coalitions as 'force multipliers' cannot be denied. Yet, participating in a multilateral operation, whether peacekeeping or warfighting, raises a number of issues that if not properly addressed can threaten coalition cohesion and the attainment of allied goals. Theorising coalition behaviour to date has experienced difficulty in providing comprehensive or convincingly definitive explanations for why coalitions are formed, how common agendas are set, and through what means multinational capabilities are realised. This paper intends to contribute to filling the gaps in our current understanding of the phenomenon. It has the dual objective of both enriching the academic debate and offering guidance to policy-makers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia,Africa, Australia,Pacific Area
Subjects / Themes > E History America > E11 America (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1344-4204
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2009 12:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1250

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