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PeacemakersAmerican Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans$
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James W. Pardew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174358

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174358.001.0001

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The Inconvenient War

The Inconvenient War

(p.12) 3 The Inconvenient War

James W. Pardew

University Press of Kentucky

The George H. W. Bush administration wants nothing to do with Balkan conflicts when fighting breaks out in response to independence movements in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia in the immediate post-Soviet period. Fighting increases and a humanitarian disaster ensues as the US leaves the security responsibility to European nations and the UN. Despite campaigning to stop the crisis in Bosnia, the Clinton Administration avoids intervention in Bosnia. With no security assistance from the West, the Bosnian Muslims turn to Iran and the mujahedeen for military help. European resentment of U.S. policy in Bosnia strains relations within NATO, and Richard Holbrooke publicly agitates for US engagement in Bosnia.

Keywords:   independence, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bush, mujahedeen, Iran, Clinton, NATO, Holbrooke

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