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U.S. military intervention in the post-Cold War era : how to win America's wars in the twenty-first century

Author: Glenn J Antizzo
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2010.
Series: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
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During the post-World War II era, American foreign policy featured direct U.S. military intervention in the Third World. The Cold War placed restraints on where and how Washington could intervene until the collapse of the former Soviet Union removed many barriers to and ideological justifications for American intervention. Since end of the Cold War, the United States has completed several military interventions that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn J Antizzo
ISBN: 9780807136423 0807136425
OCLC Number: 460061388
Description: ix, 266 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: A brief history of U.S. direct military intervention --
Preconditions favoring the success of military intervention in the post cold war era: a typology --
Operation Just Cause: the invasion of Panama --
Operation Desert Storm: Iraq and the liberation of Kuwait --
Operation Restore Hope: humanitarian relief in Somalia --
Operation Allied Force: the air war in Kosovo --
Evaluating the interventionist typology --
Epilogue: the Somalia Syndrome and the War on Terror.
Series Title: Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Responsibility: Glenn J. Antizzo.

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During the post-World War II era, American foreign policy featured direct U.S. military intervention in the Third World. The Cold War placed restraints on where and how Washington could intervene until the collapse of the former Soviet Union removed many barriers to and ideological justifications for American intervention. Since end of the Cold War, the United States has completed several military interventions that may be guided by motives very different from those invoked before collapse of the Berlin Wall. Such operations, now free from threat of counter intervention by any other superpower, seem governed by a new set of rules. In this study, political scientist Glenn J. Antizzo identifies fifteen factors critical to success of contemporary U.S. military intervention and evaluates the likely efficacy of direct U.S. military involvement today - when it will work, when it will not, and how to undertake such action that will bring rapid victory at an acceptable political cost. He lays out preconditions that portend success, among them a clear and attainable goal; a mission that is neither for "peacekeeping" nor for "humanitarian aid within a war zone"; a strong probability the American public will support or at least be indifferent to the effort; a willingness to use ground forces if necessary; an operation limited in geographic scope; and a theater commander permitted discretion in course of the operation. Antizzo tests his abstract criteria by using real-world case studies of the most recent fully completed U.S. military interventions : in Panama in 1989, Iraq in 1991, Somalia in 1992-94, and Kosovo in 1999 with Panama, Iraq, and Kosovo representing generally successful interventions and Somalia an unsuccessful one. Finally, Antizzo considers how development of a "Somalia Syndrome" affected U.S. foreign policy and how the politics and practice of military intervention have continued to evolve since terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, giving attention to current war in Afghanistan and larger War on Terror.

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