RUSI JournalVolume 161Issue 6members only

Planning and Fighting a War: The Iraq Inquiry's Judgements on the Armed Forces

The Iraq Inquiry has shed light on Britain’s lack of strategic influence over its coalition partners.

The Iraq Inquiry shows that the armed forces were up against some tough challenges over which they had little effective control. But, Michael Clarke contends, it also indicates that they exacerbated their problems by assuming, even on the basis of thin resources, that they could play a strategically significant role throughout.

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Professor Michael Clarke

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