Discovering peacekeeping as a new mission

Mongolia

Authored by: Thomas C. Bruneau , Jargalsaikhan Mendee

The Routledge Handbook of Civil–Military Relations

Print publication date:  September  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782739
eBook ISBN: 9780203105276
Adobe ISBN: 9781136253218

10.4324/9780203105276.ch17

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Abstract

This chapter examines Mongolia's explicit reorientation of its military from territorial defense, although that is formally still a purpose of the armed forces, to peacekeeping operations. Although Mongolia is known today as a troop-contributing nation for UN peacekeeping and non-UN coalition operations, the dynamics of civil–military interactions related to its reorientation towards peacekeeping has never been examined. Despite the size of the military, the assignment of any new military mission causes friction among political and military elites and elicits public reactions. This chapter specifically focuses on the dimension of civil–military relations in connection with the embracement of peacekeeping as a new mission for the military.

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