The New American Interventionism: Lessons From Successes and Failures

The New American Interventionism: Lessons From Successes and Failures

by Demetrios James Caraley
     
 

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Intervention is as American as apple pie, writes Robert Jervis in the introduction to this book. Illustrating this proposition, twelve authorities draw a general portrait of American military intervention since the end of the cold war by examining specific interventions: Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia, Afghanistan, Panama, Haiti, the Gulf War, and South Korea. In the

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Intervention is as American as apple pie, writes Robert Jervis in the introduction to this book. Illustrating this proposition, twelve authorities draw a general portrait of American military intervention since the end of the cold war by examining specific interventions: Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia, Afghanistan, Panama, Haiti, the Gulf War, and South Korea. In the process, this book focuses on the great complexity involved when deciding to enter a conflict; the almost universal circumvention of congressional authority; the ineffectualness of "pinprick" air strikes; and the essentially ad hoc nature of military deployment since the cold war.

The New American Interventionism marks the paradox of America's being the sole remaining "superpower" but unable to influence minor powers without the use of force. Exploring these and other questions, the book also speculates on the future characteristics of American intervention.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert J. Art
This volume contains a fascinating collection of essays on America´s military interventions since the cold war´s end. Taken together, these essays constitute a wide-ranging treatment and present startling and disturbing conclusions.
Richard Ned Lebow
A thoughtful and wide-ranging evaluation of American interventions from Panama to Bosnia that is a must read for all NATO leaders and anybody else interested in American foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118491
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/20/1999
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Robert J. Art

This volume contains a fascinating collection of essays on America's military interventions since the cold war's end. Taken together, these essays constitute a wide-ranging treatment and present startling and disturbing conclusions.

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