Military Interventions, War Crimes, and Protecting Civilians

Authors: Siver, Christi

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  • Speaks directly to debates on how militaries achieve their goals, particularly in protecting civilians, fighting insurgent forces, and humanitarian intervention 
  • Analyzes the role of junior leaders to influence subculture development and/or restrain countercultural units
  • Focuses on the motivations of perpetrators of war crimes
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War crimes have devastating effects on victims and perpetrators and endanger broader political and military goals. The protection of civilians, one of the most fundamental norms in the laws of war, appears to have weakened despite almost universal international agreement. Using insights from organizational theory, this book seeks to understand the process between military socialization and unit participation in war crimes. How do militaries train their soldiers in the laws of war? How do they enforce compliance with these laws? Drawing on evidence from the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, and the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Somalia, the author discovers that military efforts to train soldiers about the laws of war are poor and leadership often sent mixed signals about the importance of compliance. However, units that developed subcultures that embraced these laws and had strong leadership were more likely to comply than those with weak discipline or countercultural norms. 

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Christi Siver is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-6

    Siver, Christi

  • Exploring and Explaining Participation in War Crimes

    Pages 7-25

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  • The Korean War and the Challenge of Civilian Refugees

    Pages 27-56

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  • Enemies or Friendlies? British Military Behavior Toward Civilians During the Malayan Emergency

    Pages 57-89

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  • The Dark Side of Peacekeeping: The Canadian Airborne Regiment in Somalia

    Pages 91-122

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eBook $39.99
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Hardcover $54.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Military Interventions, War Crimes, and Protecting Civilians
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77691-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77691-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77690-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 137
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