Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force: Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force

Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era, 1st Edition

By Chiyuki Aoi


304 pages

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This book examines the concept of legitimacy as it may be used to explain the success, or failure, of key stability operations since the end of the Cold War.

In the success of stability operations, legitimacy is key. In order to achieve success, the intervening force must create a sense of legitimacy of the mission among the various constituencies concerned with and involved in the venture. These parties include the people of the host nation, the host government (whose relations with the local people must be legitimate), political elites and the general public worldwide—including the intervening parties’ own domestic constituencies, who will sustain (or not sustain) the intervention by offering (or withdrawing) support. This book seeks to bring into close scrutiny the legitimacy of stability interventions in the post-Cold War era, by proposing a concept that captures both the multi-faceted nature of legitimacy and the process of legitimation that takes place in each case. Case studies on Liberia, Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq explain how legitimacy related to the outcome of these operations.

This book will be of much interest to students of stability operations, counterinsurgency, peace operations, humanitarian intervention, and IR/security studies in general.

Table of Contents

1. Legitimacy in Stability Operations 2. Liberia: Creating Peace in Africa 3. Bosnia-Herzegovina: From Peace Support to Coercive Diplomacy 4. Somalia: From Peace Enforcement to Disengagement 5. Rwanda: Failure to Stop Genocide 6. Iraq: From Preemption to Counterinsurgency 7. Iraq: Transformation Failure and Intervention Performance 8. Iraq: Non-Support of Preemptive War 9. Afghanistan: From Self-Defence to State-Building 10. Afghanistan: Stabilisation and Counterinsurgency Performance 11. Afghanistan: From Adequate to Dwindling Support 12. Legitimacy and the Conditions of Success

About the Author

Chiyuki Aoi is Associate Professor of International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. She has a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security