Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics

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Taylor & Francis, 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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Chapter 1 An Irresistible Force Meets an Immovable Object
Chapter 2 Beyond the Limits of Arms Control
Chapter 3 A Campaign to Bring in Outsiders
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
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Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York. He is the author of several books including, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea (Princeton, 1998) which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize for the most outstanding book in international relations.

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