U.S. Troops in Non-Traditional Roles

Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations

Authored by: Keith Pomakoy

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415888479
eBook ISBN: 9781135070991
Adobe ISBN: 9781135071028


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The end of the Cold War provided an opportunity for a significant change in American foreign and military policy. The absence of a major threat to American security, the overwhelming dominance of American technology on the battlefield, the almost unique logistical capabilities of American armed forces, and the “peace dividend” that supposedly accompanied the end of a half-century of global conflict led many to believe that a hopeful new age of humanitarianism had arrived. Yet the most prominent humanitarian ventures of the 1990s, those in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia, achieved mixed results at best. The end of the decade left some proponents of an activist humanitarian foreign policy with the sense that many missed opportunities had existed during the 1990s.

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