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Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention - Barbara Walter

Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention

By: Barbara Walter (Editor), Jack Snyder (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd September 1999
ISBN: 9780231116275
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Since the end of the cold war, a series of costly civil wars, many of them ethnic conflicts, have dominated the international security agenda. The international community, often acting through the United Nations or regional organizations like NATO, has felt compelled to intervene with military forces in many of these conflicts -- four of which comprise the heart of this book: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, Cambodia, and Rwanda. "Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention" is a detailed examination by a host of distinguished scholars of these recent interventions in order to draw lessons for today's policy debates.

The contributors view ethnic conflict and internal war through the prism of the concept of the security dilemma -- a situation in which parties with strong incentives to cooperate wind up nonetheless in bloody competition out of distrust of the opponent. "Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention" assesses how international intervention can help solve the security dilemma in civil wars by designing political and military arrangements that make security commitments credible to the warring parties. The mixed record of partial successes, failures, and in some cases counterproductive interventions suggests an urgent need to extract lessons with a view toward developing a framework for making future policy choices.

This volume is a must for anyone interested in the management of ethnic conflicts as it does a good job of highlighting the difficulties and dilemmas that have to be overcome if interventions are [sic] be more successful in the future than they have been in the past. -- Peter Viggo Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark International Affairs

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Civil War and Insecurity
Civil War and the Security Dilemmap. 15
Designing Transitions from Civil Warp. 38
Case Studies
Bosnia and Herzegovina: How Not to End Civil Warp. 73
Military Intervention in Rwanda's "Two Wars": Partisanship and Indifferencep. 116
Somalia: Civil War and International Interventionp. 146
War and Peace in Cambodiap. 181
Comparative Analyses
When All Else Fails: Evaluating Population Transfers and Partition as Solutions to Ethnic Conflictp. 221
The Rationality of Fear: Political Opportunism and Ethnic Conflictp. 261
Conclusionp. 303
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780231116275
ISBN-10: 0231116276
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd September 1999
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.27  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.47