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Military Forces in 21st Century Peace Operations

No Job for a Soldier?, 1st Edition

By James V. Arbuckle


198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security