Minding Our Own Business: The Case for American Non-Participation in International Peacekeeping/Peacemaking Operations Chapter uri icon


  • The end of the Cold War triggered a remarkable surge of optimism about the future of international politics. Concerning Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and East Central Europe, the same arguments were advanced repeatedly: by taking the lead in collective interventions, nominally under the aegis of the United Nations and/or NATO, the United States can root out the causes of global instability (aggression, nationalism, ethnic turmoil, humanitarian disasters, and failed states) and thereby create a favourable international climate in which the zone of peace based on democracy and free-market economics can be enlarged. There is, of course, nothing really new in this optimistic view of the future of international politics: this is nothing more than the old wine of classical liberal international relations theory in a new post-Cold War bottle.

author list (cited authors)

  • Layne, C.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Layne, Christopher

editor list (cited editors)

  • Daniel, D., & Hayes, B. C.

Book Title

  • Beyond Traditional Peacekeeping

publication date

  • January 1995