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The article discusses the importance of security sector reform. The aim of the article is to present the potential of the concept of security sector reform as a NATO tool for prevention and resolution of internal conflicts on the real example of the deployed military advisory team of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic to the ISAF operation in Afghanistan. The authors focus on the orientation in the topic and correlation and causal anchoring of the topic in the introduction and the first part of the article. The second part presents the initial situation of the deployment of the Slovak advisory team in the ISAF operation. The third part and the discussion summarize lessons identified from the deployment of the advisory teams of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. It also illustrates the conceptual framework, conditions and axioms for optimal and effective security force assistance within the efforts of the security sector reform as an important part of the stabilization and reconstruction concept.

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  • volume 2021
  • issue 2
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
Published in Lessons Learned
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This review attempts to analyze in detail the specific roles and interests of the key players represented by Pakistan and India in Afghanistan. The focus of individual actors in the South Asian region was focused on identifying key objectives, defining specific national interests and strategies in Afghanistan. The aim of the article is to find out, analyze, interpret and understand information about the power relations of Pakistan and India in relation to the security situation in Afghanistan. The content focuses on the analysis of Pakistan-India relations and their intertwining in Afghan society. The aim is not to relate the content to a generalized theory or known theoretical paradigm of international relations, but to analyze the aspects of the Afghanistan in relation to Pakistan and India.

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  • volume 2019
  • issue 4
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
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The main goal of this article is to depict the role of postcolonial theory of neo-colonialism in the development of the security situation in Afghanistan. The introductory part is devoted to defining the postcolonial approach. This part is followed by a definition of neo-colonialism as a modern form of continuation of colonialism. The next part is focused on the role of neo-colonialism itself in Afghanistan, in relation to the influence and interests of the USA. In addition, the paper outlines the main security implications as well as the distortions of Afghanistan's regional actors (Pakistan and India) as a result of US engagement in the region. The final part summarizes the essential information in the context of the theoretical requirements and signs of neo-colonialism in relation to the activities of the US and other state actors in Afghanistan and the region.

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  • volume 2019
  • issue 3
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
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The article analyses activities of geographical support in missions abroad. The proposals for adjustment of processes and equipment during a preparation phase of perspective deployment of mobile geographic support unit were created on a basis of author’s knowledge and experience, studies of documents and a discussion of participants in missions. The ISAF mission (currently Resolute Support mission) represents a model on which a future form of geographic support of national contingents in missions abroad is being developed. The brought up results represent a recommendation for further development of geospatial support of AČR in missions. The main conclusion is defining a need of position for a geographer within a mid-sized contingent and at a same time making use of a new mobile geographic set GeMoZ-C, which already complies with a majority of mentioned remarks.

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  • volume 2018
  • issue 2
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
Published in Lessons Learned
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Motivace a profesní hodnotová orientace vojáků v tzv. other people's wars je jednou z nejdůležitějších informací nutných pro efektivní velení a řízení. Jedním z témat rozsáhlého výzkumu mezi vojáky AČR nasazenými v ISAF PRT v afghánské provincii Lógar v letech 2010-2011 byla proto motivace k odjezdu do mise, jejich profesní očekávání a hodnocení vnitřního i vnějšího prostředí mise. Cílem textu je na základě dat z empirického výzkumu uskutečněného mezi členy PRT (provinčního rekonstrukčního týmu) představit čtenáři alespoň základní kontury obrazu hodnotového světa dnešního příslušníka AČR, jeho profesních očekávání a motivů. Výsledky jsou interpretovány v kontextu Moskosovy teorie o rozporu mezi institucionálním a zaměstnaneckým charakterem ozbrojených sil v současnosti a adaptovány na reálnou společensko-politickou situaci.

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  • volume 2014
  • issue 4
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Vědecký / Research
Published in Lessons Learned
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This article focuses on answering the question to what extent did the German foreign and security policy change, based on the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, especially when it comes to military deployment abroad. The author identifies and analyses the consequences associated with the German experience in Afghanistan and their influence on the current and future deployment of German armed forces abroad. The attention is given to the German strategic culture of ”civilian power“ and the question, if Germany still fulfills the attributes connected with this theoretical concept. The author verifies this assumption by means of the role theory concept, which helps to understand the behavior of Germany on the international level.

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  • volume 2016
  • issue 1
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:26

Why to Afghanistan? Skills, Money or Ideals?

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The motivation and professional values of soldiers involved in Other People's Wars is one of the most important knowledge necessary for effective command and control. Those were main reasons for an extensive questionnaire survey among soldiers, deployed in PRT ISAF in 2010-2011. One of the key topics was motivation to leave for Afghanistan, professional expectations and evaluations of external and internal environment of the mission. The purpose of this paper is to present the basic outlines of values of today's Czech soldiers, their professional motives and expectations. The results are interpreted in the context of Moskos' theory of the contradiction between institutional and occupational orientations of present armed forces and adapted to the actual social and political state of affairs.

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  • volume 2014
  • issue 4
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Vědecký / Research
Published in Lessons Learned
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On the one hand, Russia is among the countries which often criticize the Western-led military intervention. On the other hand, in the last twenty years, Russia has repeatedly approved using military force by the West against an individual state, endorsed by the United National Security Council. The main purpose of this article is therefore to describe and analyse Russian position towards four Western military interventions 1999-2011. Specifically, the article is focused on two military interventions without UN Security Council mandates (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 and Iraq in 2003), the intervention with the expanded UN Security Council resolution (Afghanistan 2001) and the military intervention that was partially approved by the UN Security Council resolutions (Libya 2011).

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  • volume 2013
  • issue 4
  • state Recenzované / Reviewed
  • article type Přehledový / Peer-reviewed
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The paper offers data on the water supply to Federal German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) combat units in the frame of ISAF operations. It explains new concept and technology of water purification and the exploration of natural water sources for BW water filling stations. Experiences have shown that clean water is of top priority especially in field missions such as that in Afghanistan. The systems of WTC 500, WTC 1600, WTC HS (High Salinity) and WTC container systems are able to prepare up to 15.000 litres of water supply every day. They are highly mobile, of friendly use, capable to work under rough climatic conditions. Built-in recycle systems could save as much as 60 per cent of operating costs. The water prepared by German purification stations is of high quality and meet both norms STANAG 2136 and WHO standards

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  • volume 2011
  • issue 1
  • state Nerecenzované / Nonreviewed
  • article type Ostatní / Other
Published in Support and Assistance
Monday, 22 November 2010 04:00

Afghanistan: True Reality

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The deteriorating situation in the Afghanistan region poses a security threat not just to the United States, but to every single nation. It was from that remote area of the world that Al Qai'da plotted 9/11 and subsequent attacks in Europe and elsewhere. Reading news about Afghanistan today gives rise to the question why the situation in this country is such as now really is. Ordinary mass media depict the country often in a confusing manner: Afghanistan as "a country, full of terrorists and uneducated barbarians, longing to destroy western civilization and kill". The author describes bad security situation which presents problem for both coalition soldiers and local Afghanistan population. At the same time we must realize that involved soldiers are exposed every day to asymmetric enemy forces, they stand face to face to mortar danger that could be hidden in for example in every car passing by.

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  • volume 2010
  • issue 4
  • state Nerecenzované / Nonreviewed
  • article type Ostatní / Other
Published in Lessons Learned