Defense Date

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

Emilie E. Raymond, PhD

Second Advisor

Timothy N. Thurber, PhD

Third Advisor

William W. Newmann, Ph.D

Abstract

This research analyzes important turning points in the foreign policy of President Bill Clinton (1993-2000). These turning points include Clinton's decision to not intervene in the Rwandan genocide (1994), and his decision to intervene in Bosnia (1995) and Kosovo (1999). The various reasons why Clinton did, or did not, intervene in those three events are examined. Clinton admitted that not intervening in the Rwandan genocide was the greatest regret of his presidency. The regret of not intervening in Rwanda had a substantial impact on his decision to launch military interventions into Bosnia and Kosovo. The impact of that regret is well founded in the evidence available, but is rarely mentioned in the current historiography.

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

7-27-2020

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