The Limits Of Humanitarian Intervention / Edition 1

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Overview

"The 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed the lives of at least 500,000 Tutsi. At the time, United Nations peacekeepers were withdrawn and the rest of the world stood aside. In the years since that unspeakable nightmare, it has been argued in many quarters that a military intervention of only 5,000 troops could have prevented most of those deaths. In The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention, Alan J. Kuperman exposes such conventional wisdom as myth." "Serving as a cautionary message about the limits of humanitarian intervention, the book presents lessons for the future. Policymakers, military leaders, and citizens must be realistic about the goals of such intervention, and they need to know how best to tackle the challenge. Kuperman makes clear that launching humanitarian interventions after the outbreak of massive ethnic violence often will fail to save most of the victims, because such violence can be perpetrated so rapidly. He concludes by offering innovative prescriptions to prevent the outbreak of such violence in the first place."--BOOK JACKET.
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The genocide in Rwanda forms the basis for this study on humanitarian intervention. Details of the killings in Rwanda reveal the swiftness with which they were carried out; Kuperman (international relations, John Hopkins U.) convincingly argues that humanitarian intervention would not have been possible. The study concludes with a list of policies that would lead to more effective intervention and to policies that might prevent violence between ethnic groups from arising in the first place. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815700852
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,141,777
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Common Wisdom 1
2 Roots of the Rwandan Tragedy 5
3 Mechanics of the Genocide 14
4 When Did We Know? 23
5 The Military Scene 38
6 Transporting Intervention Forces 52
7 Plausible Interventions 63
8 Contending Claims 78
9 Early Warning and Preventive Intervention 100
10 Lessons 109
App. A A Model of the Genocide's Progression 120
App. B Airlift in Some Previous U.S. Military Interventions 124
App. C Theater Airfield Capacity Based on Operation Support Hope 126
Notes 129
Index 157
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