SMIRNOVA O.A., ZOLINA D.M. French Participation in International Conflicts and Crises: Main Statements of the White Book 2013

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2016.2.8

Olga A. Smirnova

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguoculturology,

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (National Research University)

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Darya M. Zolina

Candidate of Sciences (History), Business Assistant,

Boston Consulting Group Ltd.

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Abstract. In the article the authors analyze the change of French principles of participation in international conflicts after the new edition of White Book in 2013. Each White Book presents the aims and perspectives of the French defense policy development. The first one was published in 1972 during the Cold War and the next one in 1994 after the collapse of the Soviet Union when the major role in conflicts resolution was taken by UNO. The 21st century brings new challenges and threats as well as new methods of conflicts resolution taking into account their new nature and development. In the article we analyze new principles of conflicts resolution elaborated by Francois Holland, the book was published in 2013. The core principles of the previous Book (elaborated by N. Sarkozy) included the activation of the French role on the world arena and reduction of the military forces. But now taking into account that the majority of crises are international and involve different parties and countries, France focuses on collaboration with the other countries especially with the members of NATO. As an example the authors investigate policy of the French government in the operations in Mali and Libya where France plays the leading role. Both conflicts are not resolved and are going to become permanent. So, as it takes more forces and expenses, the French government tries to bring in more countries-allies to settle the issue.

Key words: France, French policy, White Book, principles, collaboration, conflict, NATO.

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