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Disarming states; the international movement to ban landmines.


Disarming states; the international movement to ban landmines.

Rutherford, Kenneth R.



226 pages



Praeger security international


Rutherford (political science, James Madison U.) examines the role of non-governmental organizations, in particular those comprising the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), in partnership with mid-size states and international agencies, in driving the political momentum necessary for widespread adoption of the Mine Ban Treaty in the face of opposition by major states such as the United States. He provides a chronological account of how the issue of landmines was first brought to the world's attention; the formation of the ICBL and its partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); the way the ICBL and the ICRC recruited mid-size states such as Austria, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland, and the final treaty negotiations and challenges in ensuring a comprehensive treaty. Finally he considers the general implications for the role of NGOs in influencing other areas of the international political agenda.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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