Terminating Peace: Military Flexibility During Bosnian Reconstruction and Stabilization Operations
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper explores military experiences in Bosnia as a case study in designing a strategy for termination of military reconstruction and stabilization RS operations and transition to civil authority within a rehabilitated state. As the 15-year-old Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina B-H prepares to assume a position on the UN Security Council, US and NATO experience over the past decade provides a wealth of insight into the civil-military interaction required for successful reconstruction and stabilization operations. Although B-H still faces challenges to fully functioning statehood, NATOs support of the Dayton Accords provides a template for the successful transition from military to civilian leadership in RS operations. NATOs military leaders demonstrated the boldness and flexibility to adapt missions, methods and reporting to changes in the military and political situation, both in B-H and their home states. An examination of NATOs participation in elections, law enforcement and refugee returns demonstrates that long-term success in RS operations depends not on a strict adherence to military-specific tasks, but on aggressive military support of civilian leadership in nonstandard roles to establish a functioning civil environment.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics