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Author Mockaitis, Thomas R., 1955- author.

Title Avoiding the slippery slope [electronic resource] : conducting effective interventions / Thomas R. Mockaitis.

Publication Info. Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2013.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.146/3:IN 8    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (viii, 86 pages).
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Series The Letort papers
Letort papers.
Note Title from title screen (viewed June 10, 2013).
"June 2013."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 76-86).
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.
Summary 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.
Subject Intervention (International law) -- Case studies.
United States -- Military policy.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
Added Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, issuing body.
Other Form: Print version: Mockaitis, Thomas R., 1955- Avoiding the slippery slope (DLC) 2013433679 (OCoLC)850372270
ISBN 1584875720
Standard No. NLGGC 362758816
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-18 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146/3:IN 8

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