Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure

Paperback | August 10, 2008

byTaylor B. Seybolt

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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 oflives 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 effectivenessdepends 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 interventionstrategies, 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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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 oflives saved, as a minimalist measure. The a...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:August 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551057

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Table of Contents

1. Controversies about humanitarian military intervention2. Judging success and failure3. Humanitarian Military interventions in the 1990s4. Helping to deliver emergency aid5. Protecting Humanitarian aid operations6. Saving the victims of violence7. Defeating the perpetrators of violence8. The prospects for success and the limitations of humanitarian intervention

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`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 challengein 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 are well researched and a pleasure to read.' 'Matthew Taylor, consultant in NATO's Public Diplomacy Division