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Australia and the New World Order
From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement: 1988–1991

Volume 2. The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations


  • Author: David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765879

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  • This volume of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations is the first comprehensive study of Australia's role in the peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations that developed at the end of the Cold War. It recounts vital missions including Namibia (1989–90), Iran (1988–90) and Pakistan/Afghanistan (1989–93), and focuses primarily on Australia's reaction to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, including its maritime interception operations, and its controversial participation in the 1991 Gulf War. With exclusive access to Australian Government records and through extensive interviews, David Horner explains the high-level political background to these activities and analyses the conduct of the missions. He brings to life the little-known, yet remarkable stories of many individuals who took part. This is an authoritative and compelling history of how members of the Australian Defence Force engaged with the world at a crucial time in international affairs.

    • Each mission told from the strategic, operational, and tactical/personnel levels
    • Author granted exclusive access to official government records and was not subject to censorship
    • Includes a detailed chronology plus coloured maps and photographs
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765879
    • length: 696 pages
    • copublisher: Australian War Memorial
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 42 mm
    • weight: 1.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Strategy and Policy:
    1. Toward a 'New World Order': global political, strategic and peacekeeping developments:
    2. Responding to a New World Order: Australian overseas deployments and peacekeeping:
    Part II. New Major Peace Operations:
    3. An international obligation: Australia's commitment to Namibia:
    4. Establishing the force: the first UNTAG contingent: March–August 1989
    5. Success in Namibia: the second UNTAG contingent: September 1989–April 1990
    6. Shadows from a distant war: Australia and the Iran-Iraq War:
    7. A mission of presence: military observers in Iran:
    8. The genesis of humanitarian demining: the UNMCTT in Pakistan:
    9. Balancing the risks: mine clearers in Pakistan and Afghanistan:
    Part III. The First Gulf War:
    10. In defence of vital interests: committing a naval force: August 1990
    11. Off to the Gulf: the first deployment: August–September 1990
    12. Debate and decision: government policy and the Gulf crisis: August–September 1990
    13. Boarding and searching: maritime interception in the Gulf of Oman: September–December 1990
    14. A serious decision: committing Australians to war: September–December 1990
    15. Into the Persian Gulf: the second naval deployment: September–December 1990
    16. Countdown to a deadline: preparing for war:
    1–16 January 1991
    17. A supporting role: the RAN in Desert Storm:
    17 January–24 February 1991
    18. End of the war: into Kuwait:
    24 February–May 1991

  • Author

    David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
    David Horner is the Professor of Australian Defence History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

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