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Author Fogarassy, Helen, 1949-

Title Mission improbable : the world community on a UN compound in Somalia / Helen Fogarassy.

Published Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  341.584 FOGA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-316) and index.
Contents Pt. I. The Overall Picture. 1. Perspectives. 2. Moving Information in the Mission and in Somalia. 3. Living in the Compounds. 4. Daily Routine at the Embassy. 5. Dynamics at the Embassy. 6. Elbow to Elbow in the Global Mix. 7. The People of the Host Country. 8. Somalia and the US. 9. Men, Women, Family and Concerned Others. 10. Violence and Structured Anarchy. 11. The Game of Getting Advantage. 12. The Role of the Media in the Somalia Story -- Pt. II. Media Operations within UNOSOM. 13. World Information and the United Nations. 14. Getting the Facts by Proxy. 15. Working with Somali Reporters and Journalists. 16. The Pitfalls of Tyranny and Departmental Leprosy. 17. Pushing Limits. 18. The Power of the Press in the Compound: Food. 19. The Power of Information: Cholera and Health. 20. The Push for Peace: Multimedia Attack on Violence. 21. Irreconcilable Difference: Perspectives. 22. Modifiable Differences: Reporting. 23. The Power of the Press in Somalia: The Kismayo Conference.
24. Powers Contained and Curtailed. 25. Good News is Big News -- Pt. III. Managing the Mission. 26. Structuring a Fortress. 27. Administering the Substantive Work. 28. Managing the Substantive Work. 29. Substantive Steps Toward Law and Order. 30. Substantive Steps Toward Stability. 31. Humanitarian and Relief Aid to Somalia. 32. Somali Enterprise and Side Benefits of UNOSOM. 33. The Rule of Law within an Anarchy. 34. The Language of National Personalities. 35. Drawdown, or How $3.9 Million Can Simply Disappear. 36. Beyond the Intervention -- Pt. IV. A Broader Personal World View. 37. Getting the True Picture. 38. The US, the UN and the Global Community. 39. The Africa Bug.
Summary 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.
Subject United Nations Operation in Somalia.
United Nations -- Armed Forces -- Somalia.
Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993.
ISBN 0739100203 (alk. paper)