Great Power Military Intervention

A photo of marines disembarking from a plane.

Marines arrive in Haiti. (Image courtesy of the U.S. State Department.)

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MIT Course Number

17.952

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Spring 2004

Level

Graduate

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The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

Posen, Barry. 17.952 Great Power Military Intervention, Spring 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/political-science/17-952-great-power-military-intervention-spring-2004 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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