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『Maritime Security』Journal

An Analysis on Limited Warfare through the Falkland Islands Dispute -Yang, Seong-sil・Lee, Hee-wan・Shin, Jin-

Abstract

As a result of the Falkland Islands War from April 2 to June 14, 1982, Britain overcame severe economic depression and reclaimed the glory of the former British Empire by winning the war. On the other hand, Argentina was greatly affected by the collapse of a military dictatorship and the birth of a democratic government.
This study suggests strategies for responding to maritime disputes that may occur in Dokdo Island in the future by applying “DIME on PMESII” to the Falkland Islands dispute. In particular, the study analyzes how DIME (diplomacy, information, military, and economy) capabilities have an effect as a means of the total national power of a country that effectively controls the disputed territory.
Based on the results of this study, the response strategies related to the Dokdo maritime dispute are as follows. First, effective control over the disputed territory should be effectively maintained and strengthened like in Britain. This strategy inspires patriotism, supports the government during warfare, secures a just cause for war, and gains international support. Second, ‘DIME on PMESII’ was effective in modern warfare by focusing our DIME capabilities on the weaknesses of the other country’s PMESII system. That is, wars are not won simply by the conflict of armed forces but by a nation’s overall national strength, such as diplomatic, information, and economic capabilities. Third, appropriate strategies for neighboring countries are needed to overcome the possibility of limited warfare in the sea through preparations for Dokdo maritime disputes in the future.

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