A Gentle Occupation

Dutch Military Operations in Iraq, 2003-2005

Arthur ten Cate and Thijs Brocades Zaalberg

A Gentle Occupation

Arthur ten Cate and Thijs Brocades Zaalberg

Distributed for Leiden University Press

352 pages | 40 color plates, 5 maps | 6 x 9 1/5 | © 2014
Paper $54.50 ISBN: 9789087282226 Published July 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A Gentle Occupation analyzes Dutch military operations in the aftermath of the 2003 United States-led invasion of Iraq. Unlike troops elsewhere, Dutch forces in Al Muthanna province met with little resistance, and the notion of a superior “Dutch approach” is now widespread. Using previously classified documents and archive materials, Arthur ten Cate and Thijs Brocades Zaalberg challenge this idea by detailing tactical operations and contextualizing the Dutch actions within the larger experiences of the coalition forces. Ultimately, the authors argue that the success of Al Muthanna province was due to the overall conditions and not a unique Dutch strategy.
Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: Towards Iraq
Chapter 2: ‘A Sandpit under Dutch Control’
Chapter 3: Governing in the Midst of Chaos
Chapter 4: Creating a secure environment
Chapter 5: Caught between a power struggle and an uprising
Chapter 6: Reconstruction
Chapter 7: Dutch approach?
Acknowledgements
Select bibliography
Abbreviations and acronyms
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Bernhard Chiari, Bundeswehr Center of Military History and Social Sciences
“For the first time A Gentle Occupation anatomizes a ‘European’ approach in facing and fighting an insurgency in Iraq. It does so on the basis of previously classified documents from the Ministry of Defense, as well as on archival material from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its value for the international debate on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the future of military stabilization efforts in general cannot be overestimated.”
Joseph T. Jockel, St. Lawrence University
“In the burgeoning literature on the American and British experience in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, there is this fine study by Brocades Zaalberg and ten Cate of the Dutch experience in Al Muthanna province from 2003 to 2005. This book will certainly help scholars and decision-makers understand the recent Dutch experience and how it shapes Dutch attitudes, policies, and practices.”
John Gordon, RAND Corporation
“This is a very well written, extensively researched draft that will fill a niche (particularly in the English language) on the role the Netherlands played in the initial phase of operations in post-Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.”
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