Italy's military intervention to face new security threats : an analysis of the national debate in three intervention cases of Darfur, Somalia and Haiti
Title: Italy's military intervention to face new security threats : an analysis of the national debate in three intervention cases of Darfur, Somalia and Haiti
Citation: Contemporary politics, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 412-431
ISSN: 1356-9775; 1469-3631
Recently, Italy has employed the military instrument abroad to deal with new, multidimensional and transnational challenges, ranging from irregular migration and piracy to the violation of basic human rights. What has pushed the country to intervene specifically through armed forces? Through three main arguments (strategic culture, domestic interests and international norms) emerging from the interplay between internal and external dynamics, the paper analyses the national debate in the run-up to the decision to intervene militarily in Darfur (2007–2010), Somalia (2009) and Haiti (2010). In so doing the work hopes to contribute to understanding the role of the military tool in Italy, a country particularly exposed to new challenges ahead.
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