Written by a combat veteran who also served on the faculty of the Naval War College, Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts is a thought-provoking analysis of the decision to make war in the modern world. The subject is examined through the lens of the decision-making of four NATO nations--Britain, France, Germany, and the United States--in the 1999 Kosovo campaign compared to their decisions in 2003 regarding the Iraq war.
What emerges is a picture of how the bitter dispute over Iraq was the result of disagreements about who has the authority to wage war, when it is justified, and whether nations have an obligation to intervene in the case of human rights and humanitarian emergencies. The book shows how those who enthusiastically hailed a new era of warfare based upon human rights and humanitarian values misjudged the significance of the Kosovo decision, and it underscores issues with which leaders must come to grips if NATO allies are to avoid broader disputes in the years ahead.
About the Author:
Susan Yoshihara, PhD, is vice president for research at Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) and director of the International Organizations Research Group in New York, NY.