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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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Haiti, 1993–94: Multilateral Approval to Ensure a UN Handoff

Haiti, 1993–94: Multilateral Approval to Ensure a UN Handoff

(p.66) 3 Haiti, 1993–94: Multilateral Approval to Ensure a UN Handoff
Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

Stefano Recchia

Cornell University Press

This chapter illustrates how America's top-ranking generals, who were skeptical about intervening in Haiti and wanted to avoid an open-ended commitment, played a central role in steering U.S. policy toward the UNSC. Evidence show that the most influential civilian policymakers in Washington, led by National Security Adviser Anthony Lake, initially were indifferent about operational costs and were inclined to bypass the UNSC to ensure quick military action. However, the uniformed leaders demanded assurances ahead of intervention that the longer-term stabilization burden would be shifted to international partners. Ultimately, civilian policymakers began to acknowledge the military's role in alerting the administration to the importance of international burden sharing and driving U.S. policy toward the Security Council.

Keywords:   American military, top-ranking generals, Haiti intervention, UNSC, Anthony Lake, civilian policymakers, U.S. policy, Security Council

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