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Saving StrangersHumanitarian Intervention in International Society$
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Nicholas J. Wheeler

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253102.001.0001

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From Famine Relief to ‘Humanitarian War’: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

From Famine Relief to ‘Humanitarian War’: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

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(p.172) 6 From Famine Relief to ‘Humanitarian War’: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia
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Saving Strangers
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Nicholas J. Wheeler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199253102.003.0007

Analyses how the USA and UN came to intervene militarily in Somalia in 1992–94. It shows how the Security Council in Resolution 794 crossed the threshold on authorizing the use of force to end a humanitarian crisis, albeit in a case where the government of the state had collapsed. It also explores why the Somali mission failed, and what lessons can be learnt from it for future humanitarian interventions.

Keywords:   government, humanitarian crisis, humanitarian intervention, military intervention, Resolution 794, Somalia, UN Security Council, United Nations, USA

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