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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Its aim was to draft the convention . Its starting point was the Austrian text , completed before the Ottawa strategy conference and circulated to governments by Austria's embassies soon after . It was brief and to the point .
Article 7 required parties , at the time they gave notice of their formal 7 . accession to the convention , to supply complete information on the number , type , use , type of fuse , and lifetime of mines stockpiled or deployed and maps ...
... 228 civil - military relations , 118-119 commissions study , 105-106 goes public , 129-130 Korean landmines , 134 policy process , 60-61 smart mines , 37 , 141-142 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons , see CCW core group ...
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