European Public Opinion and the Use of Force

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Authors
  1. Lombardi, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
This Technical Memorandum explores the relationship between public opinion in NATO-Europe and the use of military force. It examines the widely-held assumption that Europeans are, in principle, opposed to the use of military power as an instrument of foreign policy. By reviewing polling data from the time of the Kosovo War (1999) and the ongoing mission in Libya, the paper reveals that there is considerable support for such operations if they are regarded as legitimate. The fear of casualties (i.e., “the body-bag syndrome”) might also play a role, although the discussion is hypothetical given the minimal losses suffered by the Western Powers during the missions in Kosovo and, to date, in Libya.

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Keywords
Europe;European Public;Opinion Public Opinion
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2012-208 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 2012
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
CA043210
CANDIS No
804505
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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