Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics
Routledge, 2006 - 294 pages
Against all odds, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines helped to enact a global treaty banning antipersonnel mines in 1997. For that achievement it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In this volume, Leon Sigal shows how a handful of NGOs with almost no mass base got more than 100 countries to outlaw a weapon that their armies had long used. It is a story of intrigue and misperception, of clashing norms and interests, of contentious bureaucratic and domestic politics. It is also a story of effective leadership, of sustained commitment to a cause, of alliances between campaigners and government officials, of a US senator who championed the ban, and of the skilful use of the news media. Despite this monumental effort, the campaign failed to get the United States to sign the treaty. Drawing on extensive internal documents and interviews with US officials and ban campaigners, Sigal tells the story of the in-fighting inside the Clinton administration, in the Pentagon, and within the ban campaign itself that led to this major setback for an otherwise unprecedented, successful global effort.
Negotiating Minefields will be of interest to students and scholars of military and strategic studies and politics and international relations.
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On the way back she said , let's see what we can do in the United Nations about this.943 The US mission to the United Nations , USUN in State Department shorthand , is located in New York , marginalizing it in Washington .
There simply are too many countries involved , and the issues are too serious for that . " 114 Why did the Clinton administration wait so long to get fully engaged ? Lodal points the finger at NSC and the Department of State .
Department of Defense press briefing , August 19 , 1997 . 37. Interview with Robert Sherman , August 6 , 2001 . 38. Department of State , Daily Briefing , August 18 , 1997 . 39. Department of State , Daily Briefing , August 21 , 1997 .
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