Australian Peacekeeping: Sixty Years in the Field

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Peacekeeping has been a significant part of Australia's overseas military engagement since the end of the Second World War. Yet it is a part of the country's history that has been largely neglected until the 1990s, and even since then interest has been slow to develop. In the last sixty years, between 30,000 and 40,000 Australian military personnel and police have served in more than 50 peacekeeping missions in at least 27 different conflicts. This insightful, engaging and superbly-edited volume approaches Australian peacekeeping from four angles: its history, its agencies, some personal reflections, and its future. Contributors discuss the distinction between peacekeeping and war-fighting, the importance of peacekeeping in terms of public policy, the problems of multinational command, and the specialist contributions of the military, civilian police, mine-clearers, weapons inspectors and diplomats.

Table of Contents

The Historical Record: Inventing peacekeeping
Australian peacekeeping and the new world order
Humanitarian intervention and domestic politics: Australia's decisions to participate in Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda
Australian peace operations in the South Pacific 1980-2006: from neighbourhood watch to neighbourhood intervention
The Agencies
The Australian Defence Force and peacekeeping Lieutenant General
Foreign affairs and peacekeeping
Full spectrum policing - the Australian Federal Police from peacekeeping to the rule of law Superintendent Tim Dahlstrom and Federal Agent
Non-government organisations and peacekeeping Major General
The Participants
Command in Cambodia - a memoir Lieutenant General
Commanding multinational forces Major General
Landmines, Australians and peacekeeping
Weapons inspection
Observers in UNTSO Keith Howard, Brigadier Paul Symon
Police in peacekeeping - a personal view Commander
International policing - a career opportunity Federal
Future Peacekeeping
Peacekeeping: past experience, future prospects Major General
Peacekeeping: yesterday, today and tomorrow
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