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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The slogan papered over fault lines within the ICBL between NGOs that insisted on accepting the treaty as it stood and NGOs that wanted it changed . Some sought a more stringent ban . A handful of others were ready to relax the ban ...
An accurate definition ” of antipersonnel landmines was " essential to prevent the banning of mixed munitions under the treaty , " he insisted . “ I firmly believe that our antitank ( AT ) and antivehicle ( AV ) munitions — which are ...
On the day of the Nobel Prize announcement , following talks with Prime Minister Chretien , President Boris Yeltsin pledged to sign the treaty as economic conditions in Russia permitted . The White House greeted his tepid commitment ...
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