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Somalia : the missed opportunities /
Mohamed Sahnoun.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1994.
xiii, 89 p. : ill.
1878379356 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Washington, D.C. : U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1994.
1878379356 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-01:
Sahnoun is an experienced Algerian diplomat who represented the UN Secretary-General in Somalia during the early 1990s when that unfortunate country was characterized by chaotic civil war and mass starvation. This book is his short (56 pages) reflection. He argues that the UN missed several early chances to mediate disputes among Somali factions, was slow and disorganized when it attempted belatedly to deliver humanitarian assistance, and relied too much on military force that was not approved by local clans and elders. He is especially critical of UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali. This is not surprising, for it was the Secretary-General who dismissed Sahnoun for publicly criticizing UN agencies and otherwise being independent. The book tells serious students surprisingly little that was not already known--for example, that the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, and some private groups did excellent work in Somalia while mainstream UN agencies floundered. The author offers no reflection on his own behavior. A good case study for beginning students. D. Forsythe; University of Nebraska
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Table of Contents
Opportunities for Preventive Diplomacyp. 3
The UN Role in Humanitarian Assistancep. 13
The UNOSOM Strategyp. 23
The Issue of Intervention versus Sovereigntyp. 43
Conclusionp. 51
App. A. Somali Clans and Political Partiesp. 57
App. B. UN Security Council Resolutions on Somaliap. 59
Notesp. 81
Indexp. 87
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