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have reduced Clinton administration’s room to maneuver Official Policy Under Clinton Peacekeeping was not seen as a center of our foreign or defense policy However, the administration supported reform of multilateral peace operations o Thus, they wanted the strengthening of the UN peacekeeping capabilities (but not more engagement of UN peacekeeping force) Clinton administration’s policy toward multilateral peace operations was based on a realistic look at what the domestic population would tolerate Consequences and Remedies We normally focus on the costs of intervention o Risk of US causalities, financial burden, effect on morale of military, diversion from issues at home Costs of inaction, such as the costs to humanitarian interests, ten to be downplayed o These costs are primarily humanitarian and fall on victims (i.e. the Tutsis massacred) Sometimes, we overcome the costs of inaction and our reluctance to intervene to use force to defend our “lesser” interests. However, military force can be used on a limited scale in these situations. The US military leadership, though, prefers an “all or nothing” approach” and prefers to use o This leads to inaction Obama’s speech on Afghanistan at West Point, Decmeber 1, 2009
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Says that situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and the Taliban has begun to control swaths of territory. This is why he increased troop levels when he entered office. He claims that they are making huge strides yet challenges remain. He says it is in the US’s vital interest to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, the troops will begin to come home. He does this because the people and governments of both Afghanistan and Pakistan are endangered. He wants an effective civilian strategy. However- he states “I refuse to set goals that go beyond our responsibility, our means, or our interests.” -Puzzle: When does, and when should the US intervene in civil wars? What is the record of US interventions? Do they work or not, and if so, when? Are you convinced by Obama’s plan for Afghanistan? 1. When does, and when should the United States intervene in civil wars? When? o A description of when the United States intervenes in civil wars requires a case by case analysis (just as DiPrizio did). You can make your argument based on which case you think is strongest, you can o Evidence suggests that when the US has soft security concerns, they will often intervene in Civil Wars. (in 4/6 cases) Examples: The flow of Haitian refugees to American shores caused by upheaval of the military Action in Iraq that because of the threat to Turkey’s security and regional stability posed by a massive flow of Iraqi Kurds Intervention in Bosnia because of fear that the conflict would spread and further destabilize the region Similar fears to Bosnia in Kosovo Additionally, we did not intervene in Rwanda because we had no soft security concerns there.
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