Multilateralism and the Generals
This introductory chapter explains how coercive humanitarian missions and regime change operations, along with a broader category—military intervention—are to be examined. Being aware of this broader category helps one to better understand the variation in U.S. efforts to secure multilateral approval across different cases and different types of intervention. The chapter defines military intervention as the cross-border deployment of military forces by a state without the consent of the local government, aimed at influencing the internal politics of the target state. For a military intervention to be considered multilateral, it must be approved by a standing international organization (IO) with a mandate in the field of international security. Relevant IOs include the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Union (AU).
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