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War and Intervention: Issues for Contemporary Peace Operations

Michael V. Bhatia
War and Intervention: Issues for Contemporary Peace Operations
ISBN: 978-1-56549-165-6
ISBN: 978-1-56549-164-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-510-9
2003/222 pages/LC: 2002156660
A Kumarian Press Book
"War and Intervention is a highly readable, hard-nosed update on the dilemmas and contradictions of warfare, before and after the Cold War, before and after 9/11. It is valuable both as a history and as a guide to the complexity of intervention—military, diplomatic, political, and humanitarian—in today's increasingly complicated and multifarious battlegrounds."—Ian Smillie, Tufts University

"Lucid and closely argued, informed by deep research and on-the-ground reporting from Afghanistan to East Timor."—Peter  Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden


War and Intervention explains how armed forces, aid agencies, and transitional adminsitrations in war-affected countries have adapted to the changing circumstances of modern war and conflict. It uses a broad range of cases to introduce the reader to the dynamics on the ground.

Bhatia's analysis becomes all the more important at a time when the debate continues about the United States's global position, the UN's role, and current and proposed interventions in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq.


Michael V. Bhatia, now deceased, was a doctoral candidate in the University of Ottawa's Department of Politics. He died in 2008 in Afghanistan where was working as a consultant to the US military. He was author of Terrorism and the Politics of Naming and Afghanistan, Arms, and Conflict: Armed Groups, Disarmament, and Security in a Post-War Society.


  • Introduction.
  • Background: The United nations, the United States, and Ground Intervention.
  • The Operational Environment: Dissolution and Globalization
  • Contemporary Peace Operations: Administering Territory
  • The Military Dimension: Methods and Emerging Capabilities.
  • Afteward and Aftermath
  • Conclusion.