Accession Number:

ADA357048

Title:

Crisis: A Political Instrument in Today's Environment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The pursuit of national interest in the sphere of the relations between nations, temporized as political objectives, can find instances of cooperation as well as conflict. When the importance of these political objectives is vital and no solution can be implemented, the political instrument of war becomes a reality. In certain circumstances the political objective can be of more limited characteristics, opening the way to wars of the limited type. There are other situations, in which the political objective is further limited, but can not be obtained through negotiation. It is in these circumstances that the crisis, understood in this case as a different political instrument to war and not merely a phase of the conflict, becomes a viable tool. The employment of the military instrument of national power involves unique characteristics that often affect its operational and even tactical employment Following an introduction to the topic a theoretical description and analysis of the crisis as an independent political instrument is developed. To give support to this concept, two historical and one contemporary events are analyzed. Closing the work, comments on the application of force and considerations for the operational commander are included.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE