Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo [NOOK Book]

Overview

The 1992-1995 battle for Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history. It was also the most internationalized, attracting a vast contingent of aid workers, UN soldiers, journalists, smugglers, and embargo-busters. The city took center stage under an intense global media spotlight, becoming the most visible face of post-Cold War conflict and humanitarian intervention. However, some critical activities took place backstage, away from the cameras, including extensive clandestine trading across the siege lines, ...

See more details below
Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$25.00 List Price

Overview

The 1992-1995 battle for Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history. It was also the most internationalized, attracting a vast contingent of aid workers, UN soldiers, journalists, smugglers, and embargo-busters. The city took center stage under an intense global media spotlight, becoming the most visible face of post-Cold War conflict and humanitarian intervention. However, some critical activities took place backstage, away from the cameras, including extensive clandestine trading across the siege lines, theft and diversion of aid, and complicity in the black market by peacekeeping forces.

In Blue Helmets and Black Markets, Peter Andreas traces the interaction between these formal front-stage and informal backstage activities, arguing that this created and sustained a criminalized war economy and prolonged the conflict in a manner that served various interests on all sides. Although the vast majority of Sarajevans struggled for daily survival and lived in a state of terror, the siege was highly rewarding for some key local and international players. This situation also left a powerful legacy for postwar reconstruction: new elites emerged via war profiteering and an illicit economy flourished partly based on the smuggling networks built up during wartime.

Andreas shows how and why the internationalization of the siege changed the repertoires of siege-craft and siege defenses and altered the strategic calculations of both the besiegers and the besieged. The Sarajevo experience dramatically illustrates that just as changes in weapons technologies transformed siege warfare through the ages, so too has the arrival of CNN, NGOs, satellite phones, UN peacekeepers, and aid convoys. Drawing on interviews, reportage, diaries, memoirs, and other sources, Andreas documents the business of survival in wartime Sarajevo and the limits, contradictions, and unintended consequences of international intervention. Concluding with a comparison of the battle for Sarajevo with the sieges of Leningrad, Grozny, and Srebrenica, and, more recently, Falluja, Blue Helmets and Black Markets is a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary urban warfare, war economies, and the political repercussions of humanitarian action.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801457043
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


Contents
Preface vii
1. The Longest Siege 1
Sarajevo on Center Stage 000
The Cast of Characters 000
Front Stage and Backstage: Formal and Informal Roles 000
Conflict Narratives 000
Criminalized Conflict Narratives 000
Preview 000
2. Imposing the Siege 000
The Road to Siege Warfare 000
The Start of the Siege and the Criminally Aided Defense 000
The International Response 000
3. Sustaining the Siege 000
Diverting and Manipulating Humanitarian Aid 000
Exploiting the Privileges of Mobility and Access 000
The UN-Controlled Airport as Smuggling Hub 000
Tunneling under the Siege: Lifeline and Profit Center 000
Trading with the Enemy 000
The Media and Its Dependence on the Black Market 000
The Money Letter Smuggling System 000
The Smugglers' Markets and Cigarettes as Currency 000
4. The Siege Within 000
Criminal Defenders as Predators 000
Political Corruption, Abuse, and Opportunism 000
Obstructing Access to Water 000
5. Lifting the Siege 000
Front Stage: Triggering NATO Air Strikes 000
Backstage: Shifting the Military Balance by Evading the UN Arms Embargo 000
6. Aftermath 000
The Criminalized Aftermath of War 000
The Criminalized New Elite 000
Sarajevo as Transit Point for Migrant Smuggling 000
Sex Trafficking and Peacekeeping 000
The Arizona Market: Peace through Illicit Trade? 000
7. Extensions 000
Srebrenica 000
Leningrad 000
Grozny 000
Falluja 000
Conclusions 000
Revisiting Sarajevo 000
Lessons from Sarajevo 000
Notes 000
Index 000
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 17 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 16 of 17 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Rose

    "No. That'd be doing you a favor. I'm done with favors. Live with it."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Spike

    Eats a carrot*

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Dink

    * finishes and decides to sleep*

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Finn

    "You won't find any of that lovey dovey crap here"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Kala

    Rolls her eyes and sighes

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    War torn

    Sat

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Echo

    "Please...no..." she rasped.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Jen

    16. Brown hair and eyes. Adorable

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    A pin

    Name: Rachel.<p> wears: black t shirt and jeans. <p> reason: is a recent run away from a de<_>ad club.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Holly

    Holly walks in.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Lola

    Rainbow dyed hair, grey eyes. Name- lola. Weares- ripped tee and jeans. Vir....gin and is a slave.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Bree

    17, virgin, deep red hair, dark green eyes, porcelain skin.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Sierra

    She sat down.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Kato

    He yawns.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    SLAVE PENS

    A room full of large cages where slaves are kept when they are not in service.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 16 of 17 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)