A tale of three French interventions: Intervention entrepreneurs and institutional intervention choices

Marina E. Henke*

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Abstract

What factors explain the institutional shape of military interventions spearheaded by France? This article suggests that Intervention Entrepreneurs are the deciding agents. To secure the viability of their intervention proposal, they select an intervention venue based on pragmatic grounds. Most importantly, they carefully study possible domestic and international opposition to their intervention plans and conceive institutional intervention choices accordingly. The result is an ad hoc selection of intervention venues with little impact of political ideology, norms, organisational interests, or historical learning. Moreover, on many occasions, little attention is paid to which intervention format would most benefit the peace and prosperity in the conflict theatre in the medium to long term. The article illustrates this argument by tracing French institutional decision-making for interventions in Chad/CAR, Mali, and Libya.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-606
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2020

Keywords

  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • France
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Military intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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