Is it possible and worthwhile to use the military in conjunction with humanitarian action to thwart violence and mitigate civilian suffering? This timely book seeks to answer this question by looking at the contemporary context and history of military-civilian interactions, developing a framework for assessing military costs and civilian benefits, and examinng in depth seven prominent cases from the 1990s_Northern Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, East Timor, and Kosovo. In the wake of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq after September 11, it further examines how multilateral military operations could expand or contract in the future to the benefit or peril of affected populations.
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1 Armed Forces and Humanitarian Action: Past and Present Chapter 5 2 Framework for Estimating Military Costs and Civilian Benefits from Intervention Chapter 6 3 Northern Iraq, 1991-1996: A Difficult Act to Follow? Chapter 7 4 Somalia, 1992-1995: The Death of Pollyannaish Humanitarianism? Chapter 8 5 Bosnia, 1992-1995: Convoluted Charity? Chapter 9 6 Rwanda, 1994-1995: Better Late Than Never? Chapter 10 7 Haiti, 1991-1996: Why Wait So Long? Chapter 11 8 East Timor and Kosovo, 1999-2129: A Vintage Year for Humanitarian Intervention? Chapter 12 9 September 11, Afghanistan, and Iraq: What Are the Implications for Humanitarian Intervention? Chapter 13 10 The Responsibility to Protect: Costs, Benefits, Quandaries