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South Africa and the search for strategic effect in the Central African Republic

dc.contributor.authorVrey, Francoisen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorEsterhuyse, Abelen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-23T13:39:47Z
dc.date.available2017-02-23T13:39:47Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationVrey, F. & Esterhuyse, A. 2016. South Africa and the search for strategic effect in the Central African Republic. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 44(2):1–27, doi:10.5787/44-2-1174en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2224-0020 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1022-8136 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5787/44-2-1174
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100639
dc.descriptionCITATION: Vrey, F. & Esterhuyse, A. 2016. South Africa and the search for strategic effect in the Central African Republic. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 44(2):1–27, doi:10.5787/44-2-1174.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis article provides a critical assessment from a strategic perspective of the South African military involvement in the Central African Republic that culminated in the Battle of Bangui. The strategic assessment was aimed at an understanding of the South African armed forces and their government’s strategic approach and logic (i.e. strategic ways) through a consideration of, firstly, their strategic objectives and end states and, secondly, a critical reflection on the military means that were available and employed in the Central African Republic. The authors question the logic of South African political and military objectives through an emphasis on the absence of South African interests in the Central African Republic, the failure of the executive to inform parliament, the dubious and blurred intentions of the African National Congress government and the absence of a clear political–military nexus for the operation. The lack of sufficient military capabilities for the deployment was assessed through a consideration of overstretch, obsolescence, neglect and mismanagement of military resources. The article concludes that not only did the government set the military up for failure; it also succeeded in creating the perfect conditions for a strategic fiasco.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1174
dc.format.extent27 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)en_ZA
dc.subjectBattle of Bangui -- Central African Republicen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African military -- Strategic assessmenten_ZA
dc.subjectSouth Africa -- Central African Republic -- Military Involvementen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African armed forces -- Strategic approach and logicen_ZA
dc.titleSouth Africa and the search for strategic effect in the Central African Republicen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)en_ZA


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