Abstract/Details

Domestic constraints on American foreign policy: A case study of the 1994 Rwandan genocide

Brazier, Michelle M.  Dalhousie University (Canada). ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2004. MQ89718.

Abstract (summary)

In the spring of 1994 a government-sponsored genocide took place in the east central African nation of Rwanda as Hutu extremists sought the systematic slaughter of minority Tutsis. In merely one hundred days upwards of one million people were killed. Yet the response of the international community was unimpressive to say the least. This study focuses on American policy during the Rwandan genocide and attempts to understand how a country like the United States, predicated on certain values and beliefs, was essentially a bystander while genocide took place, despite being a party to the United Nations convention banning genocide. Fearful that terming the atrocities genocide would demand a response as dictated by the Genocide Convention, the Clinton Administration refused to do so until the genocide was practically over. A number of domestic constraints influenced American policy to the point that the US refused to act, despite possessing information stating that genocide was occurring. These constraints included the fallout from US involvement in Somalia; the introduction of a new peacekeeping doctrine, Presidential Decision Directive 25, in May 1994; and other issues occupying the Clinton Administration's agenda, including Bosnia and Haiti. By examining these constraints it is hoped that some light will be shed on why the US acted as it did during the clearest example of genocide since the Holocaust.

Indexing (details)


Subject
International law;
International relations
Classification
0616: International law
0616: International relations
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Domestic constraints on American foreign policy: A case study of the 1994 Rwandan genocide
Author
Brazier, Michelle M.
Number of pages
180
Degree date
2004
School code
0328
Source
MAI 42/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-612-89718-2
Advisor
Winham, Gilbert
University/institution
Dalhousie University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ89718
ProQuest document ID
305091718
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305091718/fulltextPDF