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

Nicholas J. Wheeler

in Saving Strangers

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253104
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253102.003.0007
From Famine Relief to ‘Humanitarian War’: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia

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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

Chapter.  17776 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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