Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 62–89 | Cite as

Clinton and Bosnia: a candidate’s freebie, a president’s nightmare

  • Luca TrentaEmail author


Among the several interpretations provided for the Clinton administration’s indecision in the Balkans, the most convincing is that President Clinton tried to ‘contain’ Bosnia. Building on this, the paper argues that Clinton chose this policy since he was unwilling to face either the risks of a total commitment to solve the conflict, or those of a total withdrawal from it. The end result was a series of short-term measures aimed more at calming domestic criticism, or maintaining transatlantic harmony, than at solving the conflict. This approach, the paper will conclude, became untenable with the escalation of violence in 1995.


Clinton decision-making North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Bosnia Srebrenica 


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