This edited volume uses theoretical overviews and empirical case studies to explore both how soldiers cope with the new forms of cultural diversity occurring within various multinational military operations, and how their organizations manage them.
Military organizations, like other complex organizations, are now operating in an ever more diverse environment, with the missions themselves being ever more varied, and mostly conducted in a multinational framework. Members of the military have to deal with a host of international actors in the theatre of operations, and do so in a foreign cultural environment, often in countries devastated by war. Such conditions demand a high level of intercultural competence. It is therefore crucial for military organizations to understand how military personnel manage this cultural diversity.
This book will be of much interest to students of peace operations, military studies, international security, as well as sociology and business studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Joseph Soeters and Philippe Manigart Part 1: Thematic Overviews 2. The UN: Multinational Cooperation in Peace Operations Donna Winslow 3. The Interplay Between the Transnational and Multinational: Intercultural Integrating Mechanisms in UN Peace Operations Efrat Elron 4. Leadership and Management Teams in Multinational Military Cooperation Angela Febbraro 5. Tough Talk: Clear and Cluttered Communication in Peace Operations Andrea van Dijk Part 2: Case Studies 6. The British Way of War: The UK Approach to Multinational Operations Anthony King 7. A Regional Recipe for Success: Multinational Peace Operations in East Timor John R. Ballard 8. Unususal Bi-National Military Cooperation: The Case of Turkish-Gambian Relations Abulkadir Varoglu, Mehmet Cakar and Nejat Basim 9. Towards Transnational Identities in the Armed Forces? German-Italian Military Cooperation in Kosovo Maren Tomforde 10. Diversity versus Effectiveness in Multinational Units: Italian, Hungarian and Slovenian Cooperation in the Multinational Land Force Ljubica Jelusic and Bojan Pograjc 11. Swedish-Irish Cooperation in Liberia Erik Hedlund, Louise Weibull and Joseph Soeters 12. Accidental Neighbours: Japanese and Dutch Troops in Iraq Jan van der Meulen and Hitoshi Kawano 13. The Formation of the Global Soldier: Managing Identities in Multinational Military Units Anne-Marie Søderberg and Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg 14. Smooth and Strained Multinational Military Cooperation: Three Cases in Kabul Joseph Soeters, Delphine Resteigne, Rene Moelker and Philippe Manigart Part 3: Afterthoughts 15. Epilogue Joseph Soeters and Philippe Manigart
Joseph Soeters is Professor of Organization Studies at the Netherlands Defense Academy and Tilburg University.
Philippe Manigart is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Brussels Royal Military School.