Cui prodest? Italy’s questionable involvement in multilateral military operations amid ethical concerns and national interest

Andrea Locatelli, Andrea Carati

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Abstract

Since the end of the Cold War Italy has taken part in several multilateral military operations. Many, if not all of them, have implied significant political and human costs for the country. Indeed, the very same contribution to multinational missions in terms of troops deployed bears witness of the importance the country attaches to multilateral missions. In particular, Italy displayed considerable commitment to R2P-inspired interventions. The aim of the paper is then to investigate on the deep causes that drive such an apparently value-oriented foreign policy course. In doing so, it firstly analyses the Italian contribution to multilateral missions. Secondly, the paper discusses which factors can explain such behaviour: international norms, economic and/or security interests, and followership. The paper presents a preliminary test of the drivers of the Italian engagement in multilateral military operations. In this view, it investigates empirically the public debate on Italian participation to relevant R2P-like operations like Kosovo and Libya.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-107
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Peacekeeping
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • International Peacekeeping
  • Italy
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • UNIFIL II

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