What makes ISAF s/tick: An investigation of the politics of coalition burden-sharing

Marton, Péter and Hynek, Nik (2012) What makes ISAF s/tick: An investigation of the politics of coalition burden-sharing. In: ISA 2012 Convention - Panel: Coalitions and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq, 1-4 April 2012, San Diego, California, USA.

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This paper is interested in conceptualising the often raised issue of over- and under-contributing in coalition operations; that of how and why members of complex coalitions2 may be punching above and below their weight, respectively. To this end, the first section presents a parsimonious baseline assumption regarding what variables may fundamentally inform coalition burden-sharing, to subsequently discuss how much each of these are found to play a role in the Afghanistan context. The second section elaborates on this by assessing the perception and the interpretation of threats by coalition member countries, related to Afghanistan, as this pertains to prioritising other variables within the scheme outlined in the previous section. The third and fourth sections then proceed to examine and further enrich the existing literature on coalition burden-sharing, and provide further insights regarding the operations of the International Security Assistance Force–Afghanistan, and regarding ISAF member-country decisionmaking; the objective here is to generate further refined assumptions, that can permit a preliminary assessment of the phenomenon of uneven burden-sharing in ISAF, complementing the initial baseline expectations.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for International Studies
Subjects:International relations
ID Code:608
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:20 Apr 2012 12:18
Last Modified:03 Jul 2012 01:27

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