The talk discusses the challenges of cooperation among countries on the battlefield. In Afghanistan, Canada and its allies discovered that even the most powerful and inter-operational alliance has its limits, leading to significant discord over burden-sharing. These challenges re-appeared during the Libya campaign. Professor Saideman will present an argument for why some countries tend to be more reliable than others when it comes to multilateral military operations, and how countries can finesse these problems to produce better outcomes.
Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has published The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict and For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and NATO and Afghanistan : Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and other work on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations. Professor Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He writes online at OpenCanada.org, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (saideman.blogspot.com), as well as tweeting at @smsaideman.