Lessons from Iraq and Bosnia on the Theory and Practice of No-Fly Zones
Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 454-478, September 2004
25 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2008
In the 1990s no-fly zones were introduced as a new way to utilize airpower in the context of Peace Support Operations (PSOs). During that time, they were put to use over Iraq and over Bosnia. However, it is unclear to what extent the no-fly zones were successful in those two instances. This article examines the capabilities of no-fly zones and analyzes the Iraq and Bosnia cases of enforcement. It concludes that no-fly zones can be very effective if properly implemented and offers guidance for policy-makers on how to achieve maximum efficacy.
Keywords: Iraq, Bosnia, no-fly zones, peace-keeping, peace support operations
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