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Enforcing the Peace


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1. Peace, or Change? 2. Peacekeeping and Control 3. State Interests, Humanitarianism, and Control 4. Political Will and Security 5. Military Tasks and Multilateralism 6. Security as a Step to Peace

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Anarchy breeds terrorism, yet the international community has been reluctant to commit the necessary resources to supporting and maintaining peaceful rule. This daring work argues that modern peacekeeping operations and military occupations bear a surprising resemblance to the imperialism practiced by liberal states a century ago. It shows how the West's attempts to remake foreign societies in their own image-even with the best of intentions-invariably fail. Focusing on operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and East Timor in the mid- to late 1990s, while touching on both postwar Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq, Enforcing the Peace compares these cases to the colonial activities of Great Britain, France, and the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. As an alternative to trying to control political developments abroad, Marten shows how serious foreign intervention can restore basic security to unstable regions. She argues that the colonial experience demonstrates that military organizations police effectively if political leaders prioritize the task. The time has come to raise the importance of armed peacekeeping on the international agenda.

About the Author

Kimberly Zisk Marten is a professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her previous books include Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation (1993), which won the Marshall Shulman Prize, and Weapons, Culture, and Self-Interest: Soviet Defense Managers in the New Russia. She lives in New York City.


"Brief and compelling book." -- David Isenberg, Asia Times "Marten draws a sharp distinction between when the international community should assert a heavy hand and when it should tread lightly." -- Salaman Ahmed, Foreign Affairs "It is a book that every student of world politics should read." -- Andrew Preston, International Journal " Enforcing the Peace is well written, combining high academic quality with popular relevance and accessibility." -- Kristoffer Liden, Journal of Peace Research "Marten offers an invaluable analysis of the challenges of contemporary peacekeeping." -- David Edelstein, Political Science Quarterly "Instructive." -- Tony Smith, Perspectives on Politics "An important, useful, and timely contribution to our understanding of peacekeeping." -- Satish P. Joshi, H-War

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