Continuity or Change? British Strategic Culture and International Military Operations

  • Malena Britz
Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)


This chapter studies British strategic culture and participation (in all four) of the operations studied in the book. It shows that British strategic culture maintain that the country has an important role in the world, which affects its willingness to participate in international operations. Traditionally the prime minister takes decisions on participation in international military operations, but increasingly parliament has come to play a role, and presently the practice is that parliament is consulted on such decisions. The role of the armed forces in the decision-making process is important in the sense that they are involved in the process from the beginning through double-hatting of civilians and military on positions in the Ministry of Defence.


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I would like to thank Stamatia Boskou and Tomas Olsson for help with the collection of some of the empirical material used for the analysis in this chapter, as well as the other authors of this book for valuable input on previous versions of the text.


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  • Malena Britz
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