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Dare to Know: The Problem of Overcoming Information Asymmetry for Special Operations Forces in Military Assistance Operations

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Research on military assistance shows that its effects depend on overcoming the information advantage of the receiving state. This paper examines when donor states are willing to overcome the information asymmetry, given the risk involved for special operations forces. The paper builds on a study of Danish military assistance in Cameroon. The findings show that preventive military assistance by special operations forces is not driven by vital national interests, which reduces the risk-taking of the donor state and its efficiency. However, being part of international networks of special operations forces and participating in multinational efforts is important for small states.
TidsskriftSpecial Operations Journal
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)162-178
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 16 nov. 2019
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