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Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions

Elizabeth N. Saunders


One of the most contentious issues in contemporary foreign policy—especially in the United States—is the use of military force to intervene in the domestic affairs of other states. Some military interventions explicitly try to transform the domestic institutions of the states they target; others do not, instead attempting only to reverse foreign policies or resolve disputes without trying to reshape the internal landscape of the target state. This book provides a framework for understanding when and why great powers seek to transform foreign institutions and societies through military interven ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, military force, domestic affairs, U.S. military interventions, international relations, intervention strategy, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449222
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth N. Saunders, author
George Washington Universit