US warfare in Somalia and the trade-off between casualty-aversion and civilian protection

Kaempf, Sebastian (2012) US warfare in Somalia and the trade-off between casualty-aversion and civilian protection. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 23 3: 388-413.


Author Kaempf, Sebastian
Title US warfare in Somalia and the trade-off between casualty-aversion and civilian protection
Journal name Small Wars and Insurgencies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-2318
1743-9558
Publication date 2012-06-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09592318.2012.661608
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 388
End page 413
Total pages 26
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the ways in which the two normative concerns of casualty-aversion and civilian protection influenced US military strategy in the particular context of the asymmetric conflict in Somalia in the early 1990s. The article critically evaluates US military operations through the prism of international humanitarian law and examines whether American forces started prioritizing casualty-aversion over the safeguarding of Somali civilians. Finally, by drawing on emerging moral guidelines (such as Michael Walzer's idea of 'due care'), the article examines whether lower numbers of Somali civilian deaths could have been achieved if marginal increases to the risks faced by US soldiers had been accepted.
Keyword Abdi House
Asymmetric conflict
Casualty-aversion
Civilian protection
International humanitarian law
Just war theory
Operation Michigan
Somalia
UNOSOM II
US warfare
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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