August 18, 2008

Seminar: “The Psychology of International Operations”

The International Centre for Defence Studies organized a panel discussion of “The Psychology of International Operations”. The discussion focused on the psychology of the members of Estonian and British defence forces who have participated in international operations. Both Estonian and British forces are engaged in an intensive military conflict in Afghanistan. The conflict could last for a long time, some say even for 30 years.

The International Centre for Defence Studies organized a panel discussion of “The Psychology of International Operations”. The discussion focused on the psychology of the members of Estonian and British defence forces who have participated in international operations. Both Estonian and British forces are engaged in an intensive military conflict in Afghanistan. The conflict could last for a long time, some say even for 30 years.

The International Centre for Defence Studies organized a panel discussion of “The Psychology of International Operations”.
The discussion focused on the psychology of the members of Estonian and British defence forces who have participated in international operations. Both Estonian and British forces are engaged in an intensive military conflict in Afghanistan. The conflict could last for a long time, some say even for 30 years. The aim of military engagement in Afghanistan is not to achieve a definite victory over a concrete enemy, but to reach a solution that would satisfy all the parties of the conflict. How do these undefined time limits and unspecific objectives affect the military and society in general? Do they have an impact on recruitment ? Do they influence the morale of the military who participate in the operations and the way they later settle back into society?
The following experts took part in the discussion:
Christopher Dandeker, Professor of Military Sociology, King’s College, London;
Major Sten Reimann, Chief of Operations Department J3/7, General Staff of the Estonian Defence Forces;
Lieutenant Merle Parmak, psychologist, Estonian National Defence College, Centre for Applied Research.
Background information: Professor Dandeker’s presentation “Defence Forces and Society” held at ICDS on August 22, 2007. Download the transcript of the presentation in English (PDF) The working language was English.
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