Accidents Don't Just Happen: The Liberal Politics of High-Technology `Humanitarian' War

@article{Owens2003AccidentsDJ,
  title={Accidents Don't Just Happen: The Liberal Politics of High-Technology `Humanitarian' War},
  author={Patricia Owens},
  journal={Millennium - Journal of International Studies},
  year={2003},
  volume={32},
  pages={595 - 616}
}
  • P. Owens
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Millennium - Journal of International Studies
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