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Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention

Stefano Recchia


Why did American leaders work hard to secure multilateral approval from the United Nations or NATO for military interventions in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, while making only limited efforts to gain such approval for the 2003 Iraq War? This book illuminates little-known aspects of U.S. decision making in the run-up to those interventions. American leaders, the book argues, seek UN or NATO approval to facilitate sustained military and financial burden sharing and ensure domestic support. However, the most assertive, hawkish, and influential civilian leaders in Washington tend to downplay the cos ... More

Keywords: American leaders, multilateral approval, military interventions, Iraq War, U.S. decision making, multilateralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452918
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefano Recchia, author
University of Cambridge