Alliances, Coalitions and the Use of Force

Please note: This page refers to a course that has already taken place.

12 - 16 Jun 2017

University of Oslo

Janne Haaland Matlary (UiO) and Magnus Petersson (IFS)


Guro Schmidt Øvregard (

​After the end of the Cold War, inter-state conflicts have been rare. Instead, alliances and coalitions, especially NATO, have used force against states and other actor’s in the international system; in Kuwait 1991, Bosnia and Kosovo during the 1990s, Afghanistan from 2001, Iraq from 2003, Libya in 2011, and ISIS from 2014. The results have been mixed, and the problems of coalition warfare have been plentiful. Many factors have impeded efficient coalition operations, for example a low level of interoperability, national caveats, cultural differences, civil-military friction, and lack of strategic thinking.

Course Description:

​The aim of the course is to scrutinize the advantages and disadvantages of using military force for political purposes through alliances and coalitions, and how to study alliance behaviour and coalition warfare scientifically.

The course is organised by the University of Oslo (UiO) and Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS). 

For further information on curriculum and registration, please visit the course page of the Dept. of Political Science, UiO.