Two Perspectives on Interventions and Humanitarian Operations
Other Studies by Keyword
A recent symposium cosponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute and the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce examined that grey area between war and peace, between intervention in support of national interests and humanitarian operations which, while necessary and appropriate, also put Americans in danger while consuming precious and ever scarcer resources. The following two papers from that symposium complement each other well. In the first, a revised after action report on his experiences in Somalia, Ambassador Robert B. Oakley, a career foreign service officer who served as Special Envoy to Somalia during both the present and previous administrations, provides an honest and compelling look at that controversial operation. In the second paper, Dr. David Tucker, who serves on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, dissects the arguments to develop criteria which might be used for and against engagement in humanitarian operations in an attempt to guide U.S. policymakers. Ambassador Oakley and Dr. Tucker, while approaching their subjects in two very different ways, come to the same general conclusion. They both agree that the United States, as a great power, will be engaged in intervention operations of all kinds all over the world. Ambassador Oakley contends that much that was learned from our efforts in Somalia proved beneficial in later operations, specifically in Haiti and Bosnia. Dr. Tucker, while suggesting guidelines that may be useful in determining when, where, and how to commit American military and civilian personnel to relief and humanitarian operations, also makes the point that even the best criteria can promote, but not guarantee, successful outcomes. One thing is certain, these kinds of operations are with us to stay.
You may also be interested in the following titles:
Also by the Authors/Editor:
Confronting the Unconventional: Innovation and Transformation in Military Affairs
Halt Phase Strategy: New Wine in Old Skins . . . with Powerpoint
World View: The 1998 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute
Traditional Military Thinking and the Defensive Strategy of China
National Defense into the 21st Century: Defining the Issues
World View: The 1997 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute
World View: The 1996 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute
U.S. Policy in the Balkans: A Hobson's Choice
View other pubs in the following categories:
Download it Now!
- Download Format: PDF
- PDF File Size: 0.25MB
- Study is: Available via Download Only
- View Cart
- All hardcopies are free of charge, shipping inclusive.
- For out of stock or digital only publications, refer to the new GPO on-demand site. For a small fee, recieve many prior publications. Click here to visit.
- All materials on our website are available as a free download.