The breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s was accompanied by internecine strife and civil war, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. RAND has explored the role of allied forces in helping to end the fighting, and that of NATO and the UN in running peacekeeping and stability operations in the country and its neighbors.
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Most interventions in the past 25 years have been followed by improved security, some degree of democratization, and significant economic growth—with only a modest commitment of international military and civilian manpower and economic assistance.
The long-term objective of a train-and-equip program for the Libyan revolutionary government would be to create a professional military force in a post-Qaddafi Libya that could support democratic institutions free of extremist elements, writes Angel Rabasa.
What the United States did in Bosnia might hold the key for an effective response to the crisis in Libya, writes Angel Rabasa.
The question, then, is whether stopping the fighting—which could also require forcibly removing Qaddafi—is worth the price of deep military engagement and responsibility for Libya's postwar future, writes Robert E. Hunter.
This volume compares and contrasts European experiences in nation-building with those of the U.S. and the UN based on six case studies of European-led nation-building missions in Albania, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Côte d'Ivoire, the Congo, and Bosnia.
Analyzes the post-Cold War shift in the relative roles of ground and air power in major operations and their joint implications. This revised edition includes updates and an index.
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