1st Edition

Military Forces in 21st Century Peace Operations
No Job for a Soldier?

ISBN 9780415544986
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

A major new study of the realities of contemporary warfare, which presents a range of fresh insights and is essential reading for all students and professionals engaged in the field.

This book clearly shows us that:

  • neither military nor civilian agencies can act effectively alone in resolving modern conflicts
  • joint civil-military efforts are needed, and those efforts must be deliberately planned from the outset of an operation; they cannot be added on as afterthoughts when all else has failed
  • the record of our efforts over nearly a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War demonstrates that we are doing badly at creating civil-military partnerships, and that we are not getting better.

James V. Arbuckle shows how these issues are neither structural nor organizational - they are cultural. They involve attitudes, beliefs, perceptions – positive and negative, true and false. The solutions will involve changing attitudes, moving beyond prejudices, replacing competition with cooperation. The principal mechanisms for this will be common civil-military training and education.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Peace in the Modern World  1. Preface  2. Introduction  3. Towards a Conceptual Framework for Peace Operations  Part 2: Pride and Prejudice: Military Culture and Popular Perceptions  4. Introduction  5. The Role and Influence of Cultures  6. Cohesion and Continuity - The Clangour of Their Shields  7. A Closer Look at Military Organizational Culture  8. Culture and Change: A Barrier or a Window?  9. Civil-Military Cultures in Collision: Festina Lente  10. Unit Rotations – Les Absents se Trompent  11. The US Forces: The Military Antipodeans  12. Pride and Prejudice: You Never get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression  Part 3: Sense and Sensibility: The Military as a Partner Agency  13. Introduction  14. The Military Roles in Support of Humanitarian Operations  15. First Generation Peacekeeping: The Age of Consent  16. Rules of Engagement  17. Force Structures: Always Use a Sledgehammer to Crack a Walnut  18. The Command and Control of Joint and Combined Military Operations  19. The Military Staff Committee: Reveille, or Last Post?  20. Reaction Forces: Compulsory and Irreproachable Idleness  Part 4: Training and Education: A Part of the Main  21. General  22. Training vs. Education  23. Training Establishments: Where and by Who?  24. Training for Whom?  25. So What?  Part 5: Conclusion: To Save Succeeding Generations

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James V. Arbuckle served 36 years as an infantryman in Canada and in Germany, and with UNFICYP and UNPROFOR. He is a member of the Faculty of the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Centre, and was from 1999-2003 working with the OSCE. He now lives in Austria.