17.952 Great Power Military Intervention

Spring 2004

Image of Marines arriving in Haiti.
Marines arrive in Haiti. (Image courtesy of the U.S. State Department.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list.

Course Description

The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Barry Posen

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session