Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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The international humanitarian intervention in Somalia was one of the most challenging operations ever conducted by US and UN military forces. Until Somalia, the UN had never run a Chapter VII exercise with large numbers of troops operating under a fighting mandate. It became a deadly test of the UN's ability carry out a peace operation using force against an adversary determined to sabotage the intervention. Humanitarianism Under Fireis a candid, detailed historical and political narrative of this remarkably complicated intervention that was one of the first cases of multilateral action in the post-Cold War era. Rutherford presents new information gleaned from interviews and intensive research in five countries. His evidence shows how Somalia became a turning point in the relationship between the UN and US and how policy and strategy decisions in military operations continue to refer back to this singular event, even today.

Author Biography

Kenneth R. Rutherford is Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University. After losing both his legs to a landmine in Somalia in 1993, Dr. Rutherford has traveled worldwide to promote awareness of the mass suffering caused by these weapons and for the economic and social rights for the landmine disabled. He has worked for the Peace Corps (Mauritania), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Senegal), and International Rescue Committee (Kenya and Somalia) and is co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) (www.landminesurvivors.org). LSN played a leadership role in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and chaired the US Campaign to Ban Landmines from 2000 to 2002. In 2005, Dr. Rutherford served as a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and was appointed to the faculty at the University of Jordan in Amman, where he researched Jordan's leadership role in human rights.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Acronymsp. ix
Preface: Why Somalia?p. xiii
The Last Days of the Modern Somali Statep. 1
Ineffective Efforts to Stop the Chaos and Deathp. 38
President Bush Sets Out to Save Somaliap. 66
Armed Humanitarian Interventionp. 90
Armed Nation-Buildingp. 119
The Mission Falls Apartp. 142
Past As Prologue: Withdrawal and Re-engagementp. 177
Postscriptp. 189
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 203
About the Authorp. 217
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