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At the End of Military Intervention: Historical, Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Transition, Handover and Withdrawal

Robert Johnson and Timothy Clack


What happens at the end of a military intervention? What are the risks inherent in the transition of responsibility for governance or security? This volume examines the typology and dynamics of transition, the role of peacekeepers and security forces, and the processes of negotiated settlements. It reviews the principles, planning, and consequences of transition through global historical case examples. It assesses the theoretical aspects of transition, the intrinsic challenges of stabilization, and matches these against the problems of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014 ... More

Keywords: transition, stabilization, governance, security, withdrawal, intervention, exit strategy, Afghanistan, Iraq, Empire, military

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Johnson, editor
St Peter's College College, University of Oxford

Timothy Clack, editor
Pembroke College, University of Oxford

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Timothy Clack and Robert Johnson

Part I Historical and theoretical exits

3 Transitions

Robert Johnson

4 Exit from empire

David M. Anderson

7 Vanishing act

Saul Kelly

Part II The practice of exit: Security and governance transitions in Afghanistan

20 The other side of COIN

Lindsay Clutterbuck

End Matter