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The New American Interventionism

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1. Defining Moment: The Threat and Use of Force in American Foreign Policy, by Barry Blechman and Tamara C. Wittes 2. A New Imperial Presidency? Lessons from United States Involvment in Bosnia, by William C. Banks and Jeffrey D. Straussman 3. Public Support for Peacekeeping in Lebanon and Somalia: Assessing the Casualties Hypothesis, by James Burk 4. The Stinger Missile and Lessons of U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan, by Alan J. Kuperman 5. The Panama Invasion Revisited: Lessons for American Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era, by Eytan Gilboa 6. "Disobedient" General and the Politics of Redemocratization: The Clinton Administration and Haiti, by Morris Morley and Chris McGillon 7. The U.S. Role in South Korean Democratization, by James Fowler 8. Mission Impossible: Creating a Grand Strategy for Interventionism, by Robert Jervis

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Intervention is as American as apple pie, writes Robert Jervis in the introduction to this book. Illustrating this proposition, twelve authorities draw a general portrait of American military intervention since the end of the cold war by examining specific interventions: Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia, Afghanistan, Panama, Haiti, the Gulf War, and South Korea. The New American Interventionism marks the paradox of America's being the sole remaining "superpower" but unable to influence minor powers without the use of force.

About the Author

Demetrios James Caraley is Janet Robb Professor of the Social Sciences at Barnard College and professor of political science in the graduate faculties of Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles on national security policy, congressional policymaking, and urban politics, including The Politics of Military Unification, and is the editor of Political Science Quarterly.


This volume contains a fascinating collection of essays on Americas military interventions since the cold wars end. Taken together, these essays constitute a wide-ranging treatment and present startling and disturbing conclusions.

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