Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Going Green to Win Over the Hearts and Minds: Internalizing International Environmental Principles into U.S. Contingency Operations
by Durkes, Paul Edward, LL.M., The George Washington University, 2011, 69; 1502049
Abstract (Summary)

The U.S. military must internalize international environmental principles into its military operations in foreign countries in order to fully win over the hearts and minds of the local population. Two principles in particular, the obligation to prevent transboundary environmental harm and the polluter pays principle have the potential to make lasting changes in the countries where contingency operations are conducted. This paper will examine the current U.S. military guidance, directives, and regulations concerning environmental harm during contingency operations. Next, the paper will examine the origins of each of the international environmental principles. Finally, the paper will use the contingency operations of Iraq and Afghanistan as a backdrop to stress the importance of internalizing these international environmental principles in future operations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paddock, Lee
School: The George Washington University
Department: Law
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental Law, International law, Military studies
Keywords: Contingency operations, International environmental principles, Polluter pays principle, Transboundary environmental harm
Publication Number: 1502049
ISBN: 978-1-267-00854-1
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