Koalitionens militære indsats i Irak: Indhentet erfaring og udledt læring i indsatsen

Joachim Sebastian Bruhn Jacobsen

Student thesis: Diploma thesis


This final project focuses on the military campaign in Iraq 2014-2019 and the fight against ISIL. In order to identify and articulate the experience and lessons learned of the Building Partner Capacity strategy, the project focuses on the Iraq Train and Equip Fund and how it was implemented by the US-led coalition.
The project finds that the Iraq Train and Equip Fund was not deeply rooted in the coalition’s campaign strategy from the beginning. This stems from unresolved conflicts of interest internally in the US military as well as internally in the coalition. The military efforts are exposed to a series of risks of which the competing interests of coalition partners and powerful Iraqi elites alike are overshadowing any external risk from ISIL or any other market conditions. Though corruption amongst the Iraqi elites and within the Iraqi military heeds attention, the dangerous and demanding stakeholders needs to be dealt with first and foremost, in order to mitigate the risk facing the coalition. The coalition fails to appropriate the value of the vast amount of resources contributed to the strategy. Especially the physical and capital resources seem poorly deployed, exemplified with the unsuccessful attempt to arm and train the Iraqis. The seeds to successfully developing a proficient partner capacity lies in the configuration and coordination of the value creating activities. In this, the coalition fails. The coalition should have responded more closely to the local environment and better integrated the global pressure. The efforts of the coalition lack coordination and it is the author’s belief that a better use of operational planning could have helped manage a collective and synchronized effort. Better management would have contributed to a more unilateral approach and helped coordinate the campaign strategy’s lines of effort.
It is however the author’s firm belief that Building Partner Capacity, if properly managed, configured, and coordinated, can prove a viable and successful strategy in order to reach long-term, security-orientated goals.

EducationsGraduate Diploma in International Business, (Diploma Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages100