First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/1/2009
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr

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InFirst Do No Harm, David Gibbs raises basic questions about the humanitarian interventions that have played a key role in U.S. foreign policy for the past twenty years. Using a wide range of sources, including government documents, transcripts of international war crimes trials, and memoirs, Gibbs shows how these interventions often heightened violence and increased human suffering.The book focuses on the 199199 breakup of Yugoslavia, which helped forge the idea that the United States and its allies could stage humanitarian interventions that would end ethnic strife. It is widely believed that NATO bombing campaigns in Bosnia and Kosovo played a vital role in stopping Serb-directed aggression, and thus resolving the conflict.Gibbs challenges this view, offering an extended critique of Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book,A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. He shows that intervention contributed to the initial breakup of Yugoslavia, and then helped spread the violence and destruction. Gibbs also explains how the motives for U.S. intervention were rooted in its struggle for continued hegemony in Europe.First Do No Harmargues for a new, noninterventionist model for U.S. foreign policy, one that deploys nonmilitary methods for addressing ethnic violence.

Author Biography

David N. Gibbs, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Arizona, is the author of The Political Economy of Third World Intervention.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Rise of Humanitarian Interventionp. 1
US Predominance and the Logic of Interventionismp. 16
Origins of the Yugoslav Conflictp. 45
Germany Drops a Matchp. 76
The War Spreads to Bosnia-Herzegovinap. 106
Only the Weak Rely on Diplomacy: The Clinton Administration Faces Bosniap. 141
Kosovo and the Reaffirmation of American Powerp. 171
Conclusionp. 205
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 335
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