No Fly Zones and International Security: Politics and Strategy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

No Fly Zones and International Security

Politics and Strategy, 1st Edition

By Stephen Wrage, Scott Cooper


166 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book discusses the practice of no-fly zones in international affairs.

The first no-fly zone was imposed over northern Iraq immediately after the first Gulf War, and since then they have become a regular recourse for policymakers confronted with humanitarian crises. They have come to be viewed as a feasible, essentially non-violent form of intervention that can be performed entirely from the air in a situation where some form of action is widely thought to be necessary but the political will for a ground operation is insufficient. Nonetheless, even among policy makers there is limited understanding of the requirements, the shortcomings and the potentialities of no-fly zones. This is the first comprehensive work on this topic, and examines the assumptions surrounding no-fly zones by focusing on issues such as authority, cost, possibility of escalation and effectiveness. Looking back at 25 years of experience with no-fly zones, the book’s goal is to look at what historical lessons may be drawn and to make some predictions with regard to the politics and strategy of no-fly zones in the future.  

This book will be of much interest to students of air power, security studies, Middle Eastern Studies and IR in general

Table of Contents

1. About No-fly Zones

2. Iraq: Operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch

3. Bosnia: Operations Sky Monitor and Deny Flight

4. Libya: Operation Odyssey Dawn

5. The Politics and Prospects for No-Fly Zones

About the Authors

Stephen Wrage has been a professor of American foreign policy at the US Naval Academy for many years and has written widely on national security affairs. Scott Cooper is a retired lieutenant colonel and has flown hundreds of no-fly zone enforcement missions and completed seven deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

About the Series

Military Strategy and Operational Art

Military Strategy and Operational Art
The Ashgate Series on Military Strategy and Operational Art analyzes and assesses the synergistic interrelationship between joint and combined military operations, national military strategy, grand strategy, and national political objectives in peacetime, as well as during periods of armed conflict. In doing so, the series highlights how various patterns of civil-military relations, as well as styles of political and military leadership influence the outcome of armed conflicts. In addition, the series highlights both the advantages and challenges associated with the joint and combined use of military forces involved in humanitarian relief, nation building, and peacekeeping operations, as well as across the spectrum of conflict extending from limited conflicts fought for limited political objectives to total war fought for unlimited objectives. Finally, the series highlights the complexity and challenges associated with insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, as well as conventional operations and operations involving the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. Scholars and practitioners in the fields of politico-military history, international relations, and national security policy are invited to contribute to this new series as well as faculty at senior and intermediate level service schools involved in professional military education.

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Subject Categories

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