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Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War

Sarah E. Kreps


When the Clinton Administration sent the United States military into Haiti in 1994, it first sought United Nations authorization and assembled a large coalition of allies. With a defense budget twenty times the entire GDP of Haiti, why did the US seek multilateral support when its military could quickly and easily have overpowered the 7,600-soldier Haitian army? The US has enjoyed unrivaled military power after the Cold War and yet in eight out of ten post-Cold War military interventions, it has chosen to use force multilaterally rather than going alone. Why does the US seek allies when, as th ... More

Keywords: Clinton, United States military, Haiti, United Nations, defense budget, Cold War, Iraq War, coalitions, unilateralism, multilateralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah E. Kreps, author
Cornell University