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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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Bosnia, 1992–95 : Keeping the U.S. Military from “Owning” It

Bosnia, 1992–95 : Keeping the U.S. Military from “Owning” It

(p.107) 4 Bosnia, 1992–95 : Keeping the U.S. Military from “Owning” It
Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

Stefano Recchia

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how the U.S. military leaders' reluctance to intervene in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 played a crucial role in keeping American policy on a steady multilateral track. It shows how proceeding by multilateral agreement through NATO comes at considerable cost, limiting U.S. freedom of action, encouraging local warring factions, and harming the Clinton administration's domestic and international standing. In the end, the Washington state's multilateral approach paid off, at least to the extent that it limited U.S. liability. In proceeding by consensus with the European allies and channelling the use of force through NATO, the United States was able to link the alliance's future credibility to success in Bosnia.

Keywords:   U.S. military leaders, Bosnia, American policy, multilateralism, NATO, freedom, Clinton's administration, Washington

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