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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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Kosovo, 1998–99: Reassuring the Generals with Nato’s Buy-In

Kosovo, 1998–99: Reassuring the Generals with Nato’s Buy-In

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Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

Stefano Recchia

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the implications of the NATO member states' bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The United States contributed the majority of the military hardware and technological capabilities to the air campaign, which was called Operation Allied Force. However, all the most important decisions, including the ones made to threaten air strikes, initiate air strikes, and approve increasingly controversial targets, were taken by the allies collectively through an integrated NATO command structure. This led to the Kosovo air war being labelled as “the most multilateral campaign ever.” Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her fellow interventionists acknowledged that securing the NAC's approval and channeling the use of force through NATO would be necessary to lock in support and reassure the U.S. military about postwar burden sharing.

Keywords:   NATO member states, Yugoslavia, Operation Allied Force, bombing campaign, Kosovo air war, Madeleine Albright, NAC, U.S. military

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