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POLI 244 Lecture Notes - Afghan National Army, James Blunt


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 244
Professor
Stephen Saideman

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A tale of Three Omelettes
Observer Mentor Liaison Team (OMLT)
Transition from NATO forces to Afghan forces
Way out
Afghan national army don't see Afghanistan as being divided into military pieces
So they send any forces wherever there is conflict
Canada
Unrestricted, go with Kandak (battalion)
Do not need the Prime Minister's approval
France
Requires phone call to the Elysée
Leads to significant delay
Germany
Restricted
No movement out of RC-north
Relevant actors are not in Brussels
Mostly institutionalized, practiced security institutions
Consensus decision-making in practice
Ability to opt-out
If you don't want to participate in a mission, you need a way out
Each contingent is always still a national one, each with a red card
e.g. James Blunt --> a captain in the British army, refused to fight the
Russians in 1999
Any officer in the army has the right to refuse an order
Discretion: Caveats and Restrictions
Varying levels of discretion
Need to phone home?
e.g.
Limited areas of operations
Going out at night
Offensive operations
Other limits
Capabilities
Interpretations
Standards operating procedures
Reduces flexibility, risks will vary
Explaining Caveats
Interests
There is no correlation between public opinion and free-will in a mission
Interactions
Collective goods
Many PD by uneven
Temptation to free-ride
Doesn't tell us why some countries were less willing to provide troops to certain
regions
Institutions
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