Developing Cooperative Forces in the Third World

Report of a RAND Conference, March 14-15, 1985

by Charles Wolf, Jr., Katharine Watkins Webb

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The RAND conference on "Cooperative Forces in the Third World" was held on March 14-15, 1985, to assess the desirability, feasibility, and means of providing enhanced support for the development of "cooperative" forces in the Third World as an element of U.S. defense and foreign policy. This Note contains the invited papers prepared for the conference, and a digest of the conference discussion. Papers cover four broad areas: (1) purposes and content of cooperative forces; (2) lessons and limitations of Soviet experience relating to cooperative forces; (3) programmatic and operational aspects of cooperative forces; and (4) political and legal dimensions of cooperative forces. The digest summarizes agreements and disagreements reached in the conference discussion on the following subjects: (1) The character and role of cooperative forces, and their relationship to national interests; (2) advantages and disadvantages of a formal declaratory policy; types, missions, and costs; (3) potential cooperating states; and (4) political and legal aspects.

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