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Avoiding the slippery slope : conducting effective interventions

Author: Thomas R Mockaitis; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute,
Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2013.
Series: Letort papers.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This Letort Paper covers U.S. military interventions in civil conflicts since the end of the Cold War. It defines intervention as the use of military force to achieve a specific objective (i.e., deliver humanitarian aid, support revolutionaries or insurgents, protect a threatened population, etc.) and focuses on the phase of the intervention in which kinetic operations occurred. The analysis considers five conflicts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mockaitis, Thomas R., 1955-
Avoiding the slippery slope
(DLC) 2013433679
(OCoLC)850372270
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas R Mockaitis; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute,
OCLC Number: 847514577
Notes: "June 2013."
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction --
Military intervention in U.S. history. Era of gunboat diplomacy --
The Cold War --
The post-Cold War era --
Analytical framework. Somalia --
Haiti --
Bosnia --
Kosovo --
Libya --
Noninterventions. Rwanda --
Syria --
Patterns and possibilities. Where to intervene --
When to intervene --
How to intervene --
Follow-on missions --
Exit strategy --
Balancing considerations --
Implications for U.S. land power --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Letort papers.
Responsibility: Thomas R. Mockaitis.

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This Letort Paper covers U.S. military interventions in civil conflicts since the end of the Cold War. It defines intervention as the use of military force to achieve a specific objective (i.e., deliver humanitarian aid, support revolutionaries or insurgents, protect a threatened population, etc.) and focuses on the phase of the intervention in which kinetic operations occurred. The analysis considers five conflicts in which the United States intervened: Somalia (1992-93), Haiti (1994), Bosnia (1995), Kosovo (1999), and Libya (2011). It also reviews two crises in which Washington might have intervened but chose not to: Rwanda (1994) and Syria (2011-12). The author examines each case using five broad analytical questions: 1. Could the intervention have achieved its objective at an acceptable cost in blood and treasure? 2. What policy considerations prompted the intervention? 3. How did the United States intervene? 4. Was the intervention followed by a Phase 4 stability operation? and, 5. Did Washington have a viable exit strategy? From analysis of these cases, the author derives lessons that may guide policy makers in deciding when, where, and how to intervene in the future.

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