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Armed Humanitarians

U.S. Interventions from Northern Iraq to Kosovo

Robert C. DiPrizio

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Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has found itself embroiled in many "operations other than war." Most controversial of these have been humanitarian interventions, which often lacked a clear majority of either elite or public support. Although the immediate threat represented by the events of September 11, 2001, has coalesced public opinion behind the Bush administration's antiterrorism campaign, it is likely that the debate over humanitarian interventions will again take center stage in the coming years. In this book, political scientist Robert C. DiPrizio examines…

Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has found itself embroiled in many "operations other than war." Most controversial of these have been humanitarian interventions, which often lacked a clear majority of either elite or public support. Although the immediate threat represented by the events of September 11, 2001, has coalesced public opinion behind the Bush administration's antiterrorism campaign, it is likely that the debate over humanitarian interventions will again take center stage in the coming years. In this book, political scientist Robert C. DiPrizio examines representative case studies from the recent past to offers insight into how a sitting president might (or should) respond to such future emergencies.

DiPrizio examines the factors that lay behind U.S. decisions to send troops into civil conflicts abroad, analyzing both the decision-making process and the domestic and international constraints placed upon them. Focusing on the administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, he shows that the president remains the chief player in such decision making, and through six case studies—northern Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo—he looks in detail at both positive and negative intervention decisions. DiPrizio finds that in each of these cases, motivating factors included a different mix of "soft" security concerns (such as refugee flows, regional stability, alliance credibility, and interalliance tensions), true humanitarian concerns, and domestic politics. DiPrizio concludes with a discussion of the possible impact of America's ongoing antiterrorism campaign on the current Bush administration's policy on humanitarian interventions.

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A fresh look at US interventions from a different angle... DiPrizio's controversial conclusions challenge some widely held beliefs and therefore can be expected to spark an animated debate that hopefully will help us to understand better one important aspect of humanitarian interventions.

This is a clearly written and easy to follow account of American humanitarian interventions in the post—Cold War era, focusing on the motivations for Presidents Bush and Clinton to intervene or (as in the case of Rwanda) not to intervene in response to a humanitarian crisis. The strength of the book lies in its readability and comprehensiveness.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgement
List of Acronyms
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Northern Iraq: Operation Provide Comfort
Chapter 3. Somalia: Operation Restore Hope
Chapter 4. Rwanda: Operation Support Hope

Preface and Acknowledgement
List of Acronyms
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Northern Iraq: Operation Provide Comfort
Chapter 3. Somalia: Operation Restore Hope
Chapter 4. Rwanda: Operation Support Hope
Chapter 5. Haiti: Operation Restore Democracy
Chapter 6. Bosnia: Operation Deliberate Force
Chapter 7. Kosovo: Operation Allied Force
Chapter 8. Conclusion
Postscript. The Aftermath of 11 September 2001
Appendix. Presidential Decision Directive 25
Notes
Index

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Robert C. DiPrizio

Robert C. DiPrizio is an assistant professor of international security and military studies at the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.