Robert Beck's study focuses principally on two related questions. First, how did the Reagan administration decide to launch the invasion of Grenada? And second, what role did international law play in that decision? The Grenada Invasion draws on extensive interviews and correspondence with key participants—and on the recently published memoirs of those who participated in or witnessed the administration's deliberations—in order to render a new and more complete picture of Operation "Urgent Fury" decisionmaking. Beck concludes that international law did not determine policy, but that it acted briefly as a restraint and then as a justification for action.
Preface -- International Legality and Use of Force Decisionmaking -- The Invasion Decision: In Search of Motives -- The Public Rationale -- The Stage Is Set -- The Invasion Decision Is Made -- Law After the Invasion Announcement -- Thirteen Days in October, Again -- Dramatis Personae - October 1983