The Limits Of Humanitarian Intervention / Edition 1

The Limits Of Humanitarian Intervention / Edition 1

by Alan J. Kuperman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815700857

ISBN-13: 9780815700852

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

In 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed the lives of at least 500,000 Tutsi—some three-quarters of their population—while UN peacekeepers were withdrawn and the rest of the world stood aside. Ever since, it has been argued that a small military intervention could have prevented most of the killing. In The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention, Alan J. Kuperman

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In 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed the lives of at least 500,000 Tutsi—some three-quarters of their population—while UN peacekeepers were withdrawn and the rest of the world stood aside. Ever since, it has been argued that a small military intervention could have prevented most of the killing. In The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention, Alan J. Kuperman exposes such conventional wisdom as myth.

Combining unprecedented analyses of the genocide's progression and the logistical limitations of humanitarian military intervention, Kuperman reaches a startling conclusion: even if Western leaders had ordered an intervention as soon as they became aware of a nationwide genocide in Rwanda, the intervention forces would have arrived too late to save more than a quarter of the 500,000 Tutsi ultimately killed. Serving as a cautionary message about the limits of humanitarian intervention, the book's concluding chapters address lessons for the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815700852
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1The Common Wisdom1
2Roots of the Rwandan Tragedy5
3Mechanics of the Genocide14
4When Did We Know?23
5The Military Scene38
6Transporting Intervention Forces52
7Plausible Interventions63
8Contending Claims78
9Early Warning and Preventive Intervention100
10Lessons109
App. AA Model of the Genocide's Progression120
App. BAirlift in Some Previous U.S. Military Interventions124
App. CTheater Airfield Capacity Based on Operation Support Hope126
Notes129
Index157

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