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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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(p.228) Conclusion
Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

Stefano Recchia

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter reviews the book's findings, and then briefly examines U.S. decision making in the run-up to the 2003 Liberia and 2011 Libya interventions. Although securing international organization approval was not particularly difficult in these two cases, the available evidence indicates that the military's reluctance to intervene shaped U.S. policy in consequential ways, making multilateral sanction an essential condition for intervention. The chapter explains how the United States is likely to become more cautious and multilateralist in its approach to military intervention. To the extent that the United States continues to intervene directly, as opposed to relying on local partners, it is likely to limit itself to narrowly targeted missions, relying on commando raids and unmanned aerial vehicles, to minimize the risk of open-ended commitments.

Keywords:   2003 Liberia intervention, 2011 Libya intervention, international organization, U.S. policy, multilateral sanction, military intervention

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