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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... Leahy introduced the bill , Muller faxed him a letter endorsing it.29 Jody Williams , coordinator of VVAF's landmines campaign , faxed copies of the bill , Leahy's statement , and a press release to the news media and to other NGOs ...
... LEAHY'S UNREQUITED COURTSHIP After President Clinton moved into the White House in 1993 , Senator Leahy came a - courting . In an article in the Arms Control Association's bimonthly , Arms Control Today , Leahy urged that he ...
... Leahy's help to land the job , but his past dogged him at Foggy Bottom . " Because of my identification with Senator Leahy's landmine efforts , I became Mr. Landmines from the day I walked into PM . " " 66 The key people in State were ...
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