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Operation Serval i Mali og fransk strategisk kultur

Student thesis: Master programme paper

  • Thomas Eddelien
Afgangsprojekt, (Master)
In 2013 France launched Operation Serval in Mali, with the aim of repelling the rebel advance on the capitol of Bamako and restoring the territorial integrity of the country.
Using the theoretical approach of strategic culture this thesis examines why France took the lead in stopping the rebel advance and looks into why France has maintained close military, cultural, political and economic ties to its’ former colonies in the francophone part of Africa.
Using the theory of strategic culture, the impact of the historical and cultural past of France is analyzed in order to determine the effect this has on the way France conduct its current foreign and security strategies and policies. Using the
findings from this analysis a number of indicators containing core elements of French strategic culture are formulated, and subsequently used to analyze the French decision to launch Operation Serval in Mali in 2013.
The thesis concludes that the theory of strategic culture provides new insights into what shapes the current foreign and security policies of France and that the formulated indicators adds new nuances in helping to explain why France decided to go to war in Mali in 2013.
In addition, the thesis gives recommendations to how the findings can be used within the framework of the overall Danish – French strategic partnership, and in relation to the future usage of the theoretic concept of strategic culture.
LanguageDanish
Publication date2019
Number of pages68
Publishing institutionForsvarsakademiet
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