Yf Reykers published ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms’ (Routledge)

Yf Reykers, together with John Karlsrud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), has edited the volume ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation’.

This edited volume brings together a group of leading scholars to explore and identify the key factors that hamper and enable the development and deployment of multinational rapid response mechanisms.

The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental organizations, remains disappointing. Yet, many of the obstacles to multinational actors launching a rapid and effective military response in times of crisis are largely similar. This book is the first comprehensive and comparative effort to look into these shared obstacles.

The volume offers novel insights in the rapid response capacities of the African Union, European Union, NATO and the United Nations. Moreover, it examines lessons from deployments in the Central African Republic, Mali, Somalia and counter-piracy in the Horn of Africa. The contributors focus upon the following questions: Was there a rapid response to the crises? By whom? If not, what were the major obstacles to rapid response? Did inter-organizational competition hinder responsiveness? Or did cooperation facilitate responsiveness? The findings of this book are useful to develop lessons for policy-makers and for theorists of inter-organizational relations.

This work will be of interest to scholars and students of peacebuilding, peacekeeping, legitimacy and international relations.

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