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Accession Number ADA582408
Title Uses and Limits of Small-Scale Military Interventions.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 160p
Personal Author C. Baxter C. Rizzi M. Dunigan S. Watts
Abstract The enormous costs of the American interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have inevitably sparked a backlash against military interventions generally, especially as the magnitude of the American fiscal crisis has become apparent. While many critics of nation-building argue that the United States should abandon military interventions altogether, others continue to accept that such interventions may be necessary to secure U.S. interests. Where the United States went wrong, these latter critics claim, is in the scale of its ambitions and the concomitant ways and means adopted to achieve them. These critics argue that, rather than seeking to transform the domestic politics of foreign countries a utopian or at least prohibitively costly goal the United States should commit only the minimum resources necessary to stabilize the target state. Such small-scale interventions what we in this volume term minimalist stabilization supposedly offer the opportunity to secure core U.S. interests at vastly less cost than larger nation-building missions. At stake in this debate are not only future decisions about military interventions but also present-day choices about U.S. force reductions. Despite these enormous stakes, the debate remains poorly structured, and little systematic empirical evidence has been offered in support of many of the claims on either side.
Keywords Case studies
Central african republic
Cost estimates
El salvador
Failed states
Military operations
Minimalist stabilization

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Rand Arroyo Center, Santa Monica, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number W74V8H-06-C-0001

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