The Art of Article 5: The Utility of Nato's Jus Ad Bellum in the Face of Ambiguous Warfare
Air Power Review, Volume 18, Number 3, Autumn/Winter 2015
17 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2015
Date Written: 2015
The Art of Article 5: The Utility of NATO’s Jus ad Bellum in the Face of Ambiguous Warfare examines the legal complexities faced by air power practitioners in the contemporary operating environment. In doing so, the author provides a detailed examination of the recent developments and shifts in political and military affairs within the current international legal framework. Placing the issue of hybrid or ambiguous warfare front and centre for NATO states, Otchie considers whether the premise of NATO’s Article 5 – sanctioning the use of force in the face of armed attack on a member state – remains valid or is in need of reform to better achieve its aim. The author highlights the current paradigm of NATO power being one of international dominance and prominence, but with its greatest challenge being how to ensure a sound, workable, legal basis for its future military operations.
Keywords: Article 5; NATO Treaty; Air Power; Military Operations; Ambiguous Warfare
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