Authors: Sarah Sewall
November 16, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
This chapter describes and seeks to explain the cycle through which United States policy toward multilateral peace operations has traveled over the past decade. After President Bush and President Clinton in 1992-1993 articulated policies of strong support for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping, Congress forced the Executive to back away from providing such support and the Administration increasingly relied on regional organizations to conduct peace operations. Clinton's policies, while leaving the nation better prepared to conduct and support NATO peace operations, helped weaken the UN politically and economically and did not significantly strengthen UN military peacekeeping capabilities. This chapter identifies some of the key factors that shaped U.S. policy and argues that the U.S. failure to strengthen UN peace operations has undermined other stated American foreign policy objectives.


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