Title: Australian Peacekeeping – Sixty Years in the Field
Editors: Horner, David, Londey, Peter and Bou, Jean
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 333 pages
Comments: 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.
Contributors: Peter Londey, David Horner, John Connor, Bob Breen, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, James Batley, Superintendent Tim Dahlstrom, Federal Agent James Steedman, Major General Mike Smith, Lieutenant General John Sanderson, Major General Tim Ford, Ian Mansfield, Keith Howard, Brigadier Paul Symon, Major General Ian Gordon, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Meacham, Commander Geoff Hazel, Federal Agent Erica Hanisch, Ramesh Thakur