Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics
Routledge, 2013 M05 13 - 312 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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... treaty exempting some mines and whether to assist tens of thousands of landmine survivors. This, then, is a story of intrigue and misperception, of clashing norms and interests, of contentious bureaucratic and domestic politics. It is ...
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... Treaty National Security Council OAU OSD Organization of African Unity Office of Secretary of Defense PDD PHR PM ROK SOLIC USCBL USUN VVAF Presidential Decision Directive Physicians for Human Rights Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs ...
... treaty to outlaw a class of weapons in the arsenals of most armed forces is a story that confounds the conventional wisdom of international politics. In the 9 years since the signing, the ban is slowly but surely taking effect. Treaty ...
... treaty over the determined opposition of the United States and other world powers, among them, China, Russia, and India. For an NGO to accomplish such a feat does seem to call into question prevailing assumptions about the role of the ...
Chapter 4 Beyond Regulation to a Ban
Chapter 5 Canada Takes Charge
Chapter 6 Civilian Deference to Service Interests
Chapter 7 The President Fails to Push the Military
Chapter 8 The Ban Wagon Starts to Roll
Chapter 9 Think Globally Act Locally
Chapter 10 From Oslo Back to Ottawa
Chapter 11 Campaigners and Officials