The international humanitarian intervention in Somalia was one of the most challenging operations ever conducted by US and UN military forces. Until Somalia, the UN had never run a Chapter VII exercise with large numbers of troops operating under a fighting mandate. It became a deadly test of the UN's ability carry out a peace operation using force against an adversary determined to sabotage the intervention.""Humanitarianism Under Fire"" is a candid, detailed historical and political narrative of this remarkably complicated intervention that was one of the first cases of multilateral action in the post-Cold War era. Rutherford presents new information gleaned from interviews and intensive research in five countries. His evidence shows how Somalia became a turning point in the relationship between the UN and US and how policy and strategy decisions in military operations continue to refer back to this singular event, even today.
Kenneth R. Rutherford is Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University. After losing both his legs to a landmine in Somalia in 1993, Dr. Rutherford has traveled worldwide to promote awareness of the mass suffering caused by these weapons and for the economic and social rights for the landmine disabled. He has worked for the Peace Corps (Mauritania), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Senegal), and International Rescue Committee (Kenya and Somalia) and is co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network. He has testified before Congress and published articles in numerous academic and policy journals, including World Politics and the Journal of International Politics, and co-edited two books: Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Policy and Landmines and Human Security: The International Movement to Ban Landmines.
Preface: Why Somalia?; Chapter One: The Last Days of the Modern Somali State; Chapter Two: Failed International Efforts to Stop the Chaos and Death; Chapter Three: Bush Sets Out to Save Somalia; Chapter Four: Armed Humanitarian Intervention; Chapter Five: Armed Nation-Building; Chapter Six: The Mission Falls Apart; Chapter Seven: Past As Prologue: United States Withdrawal And Re-Engagement.