First Do No Harm Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

ISBN-10: 0826516440
ISBN-13: 9780826516442
Edition: 2009
Authors: David N. Gibbs
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 6/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 327
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

In First 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 Powers 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 Harm argues for a new, noninterventionist model for U.S. foreign policy, one that deploys nonmilitary methods for addressing ethnic violence.

Preface
The Rise of Humanitarian Intervention
US Predominance and the Logic of Interventionism
Origins of the Yugoslav Conflict
Germany Drops a Match
The War Spreads to Bosnia-Herzegovina
Only the Weak Rely on Diplomacy: The Clinton Administration Faces Bosnia
Kosovo and the Reaffirmation of American Power
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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