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The influence of public opinion on post-Cold War US military interventions
Éditeur Palgrave Macmillan
Année 2015, cop. 2015
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The influence of public opinion on post-Cold War US military interventions
1 vol. (X-272 p.) ; 24 cm
Bibliogr. p. [245]-264. Index
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Part I: The influence of public opinion on military interventions: concepts and theoretical approaches ; 1. The influence of public opinion on military interventions: theoretical approaches and their limits ; 2. Including considerations with military strategy to the study of the influence of public opinion ; Part II : Public opinion and the initial decision to use force ; 3. Personal preferences ; 4. The limited intervention in Rwanda ; 5. The intervention in Bosnia ; 6. The intervention in Haiti ; 7. The intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 ; 8. The intervention in Iraq in 2003 ; Part III: Changing strategy for military operations: the president's room for maneuver ; 9. The Iraq surge ; 10. The Afghan surge ; 11. Conclusion
"Is the U.S. president free to wage a war? What is his leeway with respect to public opinion? The question of the influence of public opinion on military interventions is essential to understanding post-Cold War and post-9/11 conflicts; interventions often characterized by their long duration in distant countries with unclear strategic interests. If public opinion is often ready to give the President the leeway to embark on a military intervention, the public's tolerance is difficult to maintain in the long term when the troops are on the battlefield and victory appears difficult to define and achieve. In order to maintain public support as long as possible for interventions far away from Americans' day-to-day concerns, the United States often adapted its military strategy and tactics to the detriment of the desired objectives. As a result, and contrary to the predominant literature, this qualitative study concludes that public opinion often had a major impact on military interventions"--
"Based on interviews with political decision-makers involved in post-Cold War case studies, this research reassesses the prevalent conclusion in the academic literature, according to which American public opinion has limited influence on military interventions, by including the level of commitment in the study of the decision-making process"--
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