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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Yet other officials talked as if strategy and doctrine in Korea were immu- table , a natural consequence of Seoul's proximity to the North Korean bor- der . " One of the reasons we currently have the Korea exemption , " a senior ...
As the North's military inferiority vis - a - vis the South worsened , Op Plan 5027 was revised to bolster the offensive and provide for preemptive strikes against North Korea's bombers and artillery in the event of unambiguous warning ...
Lodal explains , " The trouble in Korea is you have a no - warning situation . ... and in any event , you don't want to give the North Koreans the simple option of waiting 2 weeks [ for the mines to self - destruct ] and then attack .
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