Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coalitions of the Standing Around

Today, President Obama is having a press conference on the anti-IS/ISIL/ISIS/Daesh War.  It is good timing for me as I am finishing a paper that looks at the coalition.  As always, the coalition is claimed to be bigger than it really is:
My task in the paper is to not just note that only 22 countries are doing something in the theatre, but to explain the variation among the contributors.  I am not going to give away my findings, but I will provide one hint:
The Dave and Steve explanation of multilateral military operations does so-so.

Anyhow, back to the press conference, where we give heaps of kudos to countries doing the least they can do or even less than that.

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