Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure (SIPRI Monographs)

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This study focuses on the questions of when and how military intervention in conflicts can achieve humanitarian benefits. It uses the standard that an intervention should do more good than harm to evaluate the successes and failures. The author develops a methodology to determine the number of lives saved, as a minimalist measure. The analysis of 19 military operations in the 6 case studies of Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo and East Timor reveals both successful and unsuccessful interventions in the same locations. The study posits that an intervention's short-term effectiveness depends primarily on six factors within the control of the intervenor, rather than factors inherent within the conflict. Political and humanitarian dimensions are combined to create a typology that compares the needs of populations suffering from conflict with an intervenor's military intervention strategies, motives, capabilities and response time. Hypotheses derived from the model are tested in the case studies and policy implications are offered.
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ISBN-13: 9780199551057
ISBN-10: 0199551057
Pagini: 312
Ilustrații: maps and tables
Dimensiuni: 155 x 235 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria SIPRI Monographs

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Seybolt presents a quantitative analysis drawing lessons from seventeen interventions...Seybolt's explanation of his methodology is impressive.
Review from previous edition Seybolt rejects the majority of abstract, philosphical literature on the subject, to focus on real problems, faced by real practitioners both in theatre and in the halls of power. Military intervention in the name of humanity will remain a central policy challenge in the near future, and Seybolt's work succeeds in providing valuable new insights for practitioners at both ends of the spectrum. [The] Interesting case studies arewell researched and a pleasure to read.'

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Taylor B. Seybolt is Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute for Peace.