Back to the Future: The Role of the Military in Enforcing the Rule of Law
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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During the post-Cold War era, there has been a marked increase in the number of peacekeeping operations in which the United States military has participated. During the same period US national interests evolved to include supporting democratization and administration of justice, and adherence to the rule of law. With the increase in failed states and the collapse of all semblance of order, the US military, with its unique capabilities, have increasingly been entrusted with promoting the rule of law during the post-conflict stage. This SRP will examine what, if any, is the role of the military in enforcing the rule of law. This includes examining 2O century examples of US troops deploying to enforce or promote the rule of law as well as the current US National Security Strategy and Presidential Decision Directives 25, 56, and 71. In addition, a definition will be articulated on what is involved with rule of law operations in answering the question should the military be involved in this type of peace operation in the 21st century.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics