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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... VVAF staff member who attended college with Albright had helped arrange the lunch . " Albright called her and said , you tell Bobby Muller that's the last lunch he's ever having with me , ” recalls Mark Perry of VVAF . “ She was ripped ...
... VVAF recalls his outburst , “ He said , have you read this treaty . Really read it ? Read this paragraph ! This allows antipersonnel mines . " The campaign's first imperative , Perry countered , was to " stigmatize the weapon . " Once ...
... VVAF , the NGO that had tried hardest in private to bring Washington on board , lent support to the ICBL's public call to stigmatize the United States . It was the response of a spurned suitor . " From the moment that Shalikashvili ...
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