A Troubling Silence on Prisoners of War
Center for European Policy Analysis CEPA
With a few exceptions in the Balkans in the 1990s, Europe has not experienced a large number of captured personnel since 1945. The American experience is close to 50 years away, ending with the War in Vietnam. Years of counterinsurgency operations have bred complacency; the notion that potentially thousands of soldiers could become prisoners of war (PoWs) has until the events in Ukraine been seen as unlikely. Preparing soldiers for captivity, confinement and interrogation has also lapsed, and that risks mistakes and unnecessary harm in a conflict.
Kallberg, Jan. 2022. “A Troubling Silence on Prisoners of War.” CEPA. September 22, 2022. https://cepa.org/article/a-troubling-silence-on-prisoners-of-war/.