This book offers an examination of the effectiveness of Western military interventions in the post-Cold War era.
It constitutes a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analysis of the conditions, conduct and consequences of post-Cold War armed conflicts, in which Western states, acting as a multinational coalition, were engaged in a combat role as an intervening force, not as an impartial peacekeeper. The volume identifies and analyses the causes, justifications and goals of the interventions, as well as the results of such engagements. The main objective is to assess the effectiveness of the military actions of Western states in these armed conflicts. Apart from the chapters devoted to particular conflicts – such as the Gulf War, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – it also includes chapters in which experts summarise the legal, political, military and economic implications of all such Western-led interventions. As a result, the book helps us to understand why these military interventions happened, how they were executed and what the results were. Taking into account the impact of these military expeditions on global security, the book offers an explanation for some of the central questions concerning the current shape of international order and power distribution on a global scale.
This book will be of much interest to students of military and strategic studies, conflict studies, foreign policy and International Relations.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Marek Madej
1. The Gulf- The First Western War after the Cold War Kamila Pronińska
2. Bosnia-Herzegovina- The West in the Service of the UN Marek Madej
3. Kosovo- First War for Human Rights Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala
4. Afghanistan- The Longest War, the Greatest Fiasco? Marek Madej
5. Iraq 2003-2010- A Disastrous War of Choice Bolesław Balcerowicz
6. Libya- When Military Success Means State Collapse Anna Wojciuk
7. Liberal Interventionism of the West after the Cold War – Premises and Consequences Roman Kuźniar
8. Wars of the West- Conflicts with no Victory Robert Kupiecki
9. Impact of Western Military Interventions on the Evolution of Law on Use of Force Patrycja Grzebyk
10. International Humanitarian Law in the Context of Armed Interventions of the West Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala
11. The Significance of the Resource and Energy Factor in Military Interventions of the West after the Cold War Kamila Pronińska
12. Conclusions: On the Effectiveness of Western Interventions - the more we practice, the less we achieve? Marek Madej
Marek Madej is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland.