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Humanitarianism Under Fire : The US and UN Intervention in Somalia, Paperback / softback Book

Humanitarianism Under Fire : The US and UN Intervention in Somalia Paperback / softback


The international humanitarian intervention in Somalia was one of the most challenging operations ever conducted by US and UN military forces.

Until Somalia, the UN had never run a Chapter VII exercise with large numbers of troops operating under a fighting mandate.

It became a deadly test of the UN's ability carry out a peace operation using force against an adversary determined to sabotage the intervention.""Humanitarianism Under Fire"" is a candid, detailed historical and political narrative of this remarkably complicated intervention that was one of the first cases of multilateral action in the post-Cold War era.

Rutherford presents new information gleaned from interviews and intensive research in five countries.

His evidence shows how Somalia became a turning point in the relationship between the UN and US and how policy and strategy decisions in military operations continue to refer back to this singular event, even today.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9781565492608

Also by Kenneth R. Rutherford