Military-civilian Interactions: Humanitarian Crises and the Responsibility to Protect

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Political Science - 275 pages
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Is it possible and worthwhile to use the military in conjunction with humanitarian action to thwart violence and mitigate civilian suffering? This timely book seeks to answer this question by looking at the contemporary context and history of military-civilian interactions, developing a framework for assessing military costs and civilian benefits, and examing in depth seven prominent cases from the 1990s-Northern Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, East Timor, and Kosovo. In the wake of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq after September 11, it further examines how multilateral military operations could expand or contract in the future to the benefit or peril of affected populations. Visit our website for sample chapters!
 

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Contents

Armed Forces and Humanitarian Action Past and Present
1
Framework for Estimating Military Costs and Civilian Benefits from Intervention
27
Northern Iraq 19911996 A Difficult Act to Follow?
39
Somalia 19921995 The Death of Pollyannaish Humanitarianism?
55
Bosnia 19921995 Convoluted Charity?
71
Rwanda 19941995 Better Late Than Never?
95
Haiti 19911996 Why Wait So Long?
113
East Timor and Kosovo 19992000 A Vintage Year for Humanitarian Intervention?
129
September 11 Afghanistan and Iraq What Are the Implications for Humanitarian Intervention?
155
The Responsibility to Protect Costs Benefits Quandaries
191
Notes
215
Index
265
About the Author
275
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Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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