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Reassuring the Reluctant WarriorsU.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention$
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Stefano Recchia

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452918

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452918.001.0001

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Institutions, Burden Sharing, and the American Military

Institutions, Burden Sharing, and the American Military

(p.34) 2 Institutions, Burden Sharing, and the American Military
Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

Stefano Recchia

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at how top-level military officers—the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior officers on the Joint Staff—influences U.S. decision making on armed intervention. It formulates a theory that explains when and how, in what circumstances and through what mechanisms, civil–military bargaining can shift U.S. intervention policy toward the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC). It is highly probable that the military's role in steering U.S. policy toward multilateralism will be crucial when securing approval from the UNSC or NAC is difficult. The military's reluctance to intervene can also motivate even hawkish civilian policymakers to make the extra effort needed to secure multilateral approval.

Keywords:   military officers, American military, U.S. decision making, armed intervention, civil–military bargaining, UNSC, NATO, NAC, multilateralism

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