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Armed Intervention And Democratic Dreams: Small Western Liberal Democracies And Multinational Intervention

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Small western liberal democracies, such as the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands and Canada, are small in terms of war-fighting potential. Most of the tensions in the current international arena that may lead to war stem from the impact of globalization and resulting forces of ethnic, tribal and religious hatred. Threats to the Western world breed in hot zones and failed states that are home to insurgent groups and other political movements that have powerful incentives and growing capacity to build global networks to project their power and influence. Intervention is a forcible interference in the internal or external affairs of another state, short of declaring war. Combat troops play a major role during the short war-fighting phase of the intervention; their peace-making role becomes important during the lengthy statebuilding process. Coercion strategies employ a combination of economic sanctions and military force in an effort to make the opponent alter behavior.

Keywords: Coercion strategies; Combat troops; military force; small western liberal democracies



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