Mission Improbable

Mission Improbable : The World Community on a UN Compound in Somalia

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Helen Fogarassy, editor-in-chief of the UNOSOM Weekly Review in Somalia during the 1994 crisis, describes the overwhelmingly positive effect of multinational intervention in the wartorn country. Based on her first-hand observations, Fogarassy argues forcefully in defense of such humanitarian ventures, while simultaneously decrying the oversimplification of the Somalian situation by the world media. She demonstrates how our widespread perception that humanitarian missions in developing countries are doomed to failure is directly related to the images of dead American soldiers being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. While this picture proves undeniably horrific, success appeared with improved health and educational situations, in addition to a stabilized society with a developing infrastructure and a workable government. Fogarassy's provocative book is sure to make historians, political scientists, and policy makers reexamine the need for humanitarian intervention in other desperate countries.show more

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  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 150.4 x 233.7 x 23.4mm | 576.07g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739100203
  • 9780739100202

About Helen Fogarassy

Helen Fogarassy was Editor-in-Chief of the UNOSOM Weekly Review in Somalia during the 1994 crisis. She is currently a writer and editor in New York City.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Part I: the Overall Picture Chapter 5 Perspectives Chapter 6 Moving Information in the Mission and in Somalia Chapter 7 Living in the Compounds Chapter 8 Daily Routine at the Embassy Chapter 9 Dynamics at the Embassy Chapter 10 Elbow to Elbow in the Global Mix Chapter 11 The People of the Host Country Chapter 12 Somalia and the US Chapter 13 Men, Women, Family and Concerned Others Chapter 14 Violence and Structured Family Chapter 15 The Game of Getting Advantage Chapter 16 The Role of the Media in the Somalia Story Part 17 Part II: Media Operations within UNOSOM Chapter 18 World Information and the United Nations Chapter 19 Getting the Facts by Proxy Chapter 20 Working with Somali Reporters and Journalists Chapter 21 The Pitfalls of Tyranny and Departmental Leprosy Chapter 22 Pushing Limits Chapter 23 The Power of the Press in the Compound: Food Chapter 24 The Power of Information: Cholera and Health Chapter 25 The Push for Peace: Multimedia Attack on Violence Chapter 26 Irreconcilable Differences: Perspectives Chapter 27 Modifiable Differences: Reporting Chapter 28 The Power of the Press in Somalia: The Kismayo Conference Chapter 29 Powers Contained and Curtailed Chapter 30 Good News is Big News Part 31 Part III: Managing the Mission Chapter 32 Structuring a Fortress Chapter 33 Administering the Substantive Work Chapter 34 Managing the Stubstantive Work Chapter 35 Substantive Steps Toward Law and Order Chapter 36 Substantive Steps Toward Stability Chapter 37 Humanitarian and Relief Aid to Somalia Chapter 38 Somali Enterprise and Side Benefits of UNOSOM Chapter 39 The Rule of Law within an Anarchy Chapter 40 The Language of National Personalities Chapter 41 Drawdown, or How $3.9 Million Can Simply Disappear Chapter 42 Beyond the Intervention Part 43 Part IV: A Broader Personal World View Chapter 44 Getting the True Picture Chapter 45 The US, the UN and the Global Community Chapter 46 The Africa Bug Chapter 47 Bibliography Chapter 48 Indexshow more

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