Today, few countries fight alone; most fight as allies or partners in multilateral campaigns. The end of the Cold War opened a window of opportunity for multinational military operations (MMOs). These have seen varying degrees of participation, enthusiasm, and success. This special forum is devoted to the politics of multilateral warfare including their formation, maintenance, and durability. The introduction sketches past research and derives some key questions of continuing relevance. The contributions shed light on the domestic and international politics of MMOs, focusing on the implementation of national restrictions and their repercussions for MMOs, party politics of military intervention, the conditions under which states decide to defect from military operations, and the role of junior partners in MMOs. In sum, this forum offers a fresh look at the politics of MMOs, including conceptual contributions to the study of national restrictions, domestic constraints, and coalition warfare.

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Keywords Alliances, armed conflict, coalitions, domestic politics, intervention, multilateralism
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2018.1522737
Journal Contemporary Security Policy
Citation
Mello, P.A. (Patrick A.), & Saideman, S.M. (2018). The politics of multinational military operations. Contemporary Security Policy. doi:10.1080/13523260.2018.1522737