Dutch Courage: The Politics of Acceptable Risks

  title={Dutch Courage: The Politics of Acceptable Risks},
  author={Jan van der Meulen and Joseph Soeters},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={537 - 558}
In this article we analyze the ways in which the risks of military missions and the prospects for casualties have made an impact on the deployment of soldiers by the Netherlands. The question is whether the self-image of being a military nation acts as a hindrance to participation when the going gets tough. The failure to protect the inhabitants of the Bosnian enclave Srebrenica can be viewed as a tragic case in point. A prudent politics of acceptable risks has been pursued up to the current… 

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