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Soldiers for peace : fifty years of United Nations peacekeeping
Benton, Barbara.
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New York : Facts on File, [1996]

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268 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
The "prehistory" of peacekeeping / Thomas F. Arnold and Heather R. Ruland -- A short history of United Nations peacekeeping / Paul Lewis -- An interview: the man in the middle / Lance Morrow -- U.N. peacekeeping tactics: the impartial buffer / Rod Paschall -- Solving the command-and-control problem / Rod Paschall -- Assignment: Cyprus / Basil Zarov -- The essential art of empathy / Keith Elliot Greenberg -- Crisis in Katanga / Stanley Meisler -- Peacekeeping and humanitarian aid / Iain Guest -- Redefining "victory" / John F. Hillen III -- Somalia: Frustration in a failed nation / Jonathan T. Howe -- Bosnia: negotiation and retreat / Roy Gutman -- The changing face of peacekeeping / Shashi Tharoor.
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Gathers thirteen essays by journalists, peacekeepers, and military historians, which reflect on how peacekeeping has changed over the decades.

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Library Journal Review

Bridging the anecdotal and the analytical, Soldiers of Peace, an anthology by the special projects editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, more than lives up to its billing. Reflecting the disparate experiences, perspectives, and opinions of its distinguished contributors‘scholars, journalists, and United Nations and government officials‘on the military and political aspects of the timely and controversial issue of peacekeeping, the book in 13 eminently readable essays covers the gamut: history, tactical, and logistical issues, training and execution, case studies, and analysis. Complemented by black-and-white photographs, maps, a list of acronyms, and a gazetteer, this book is both an excellent primer on the subject and a scholarly resource. As such, it stands apart from other recent academically oriented works such as UN Peacekeeping, American Politics, and the Uncivil Wars of the 1990s (reviewed below). Highly recommended. In his companion to his The Evolution of UN Peacekeeping: Case Studies and Comparative Analysis (St. Martin's, 1993), Durch, senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, focuses on the relationship between peacekeeping and U.S. foreign policy. The bulk of the book consists of scholarly essays on UN operations in El Salvador, Angola, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Mozambique, Somalia, and Rwanda, supplemented by one on Russian peacekeeping efforts in parts of the former Soviet Union. Particularly noteworthy are the first two chapters, which examine the politics and lessons of UN peacekeeping and trace the evolution of U.S. policy on peacekeeping. Complemented by an extensive bibliography, Durch's book, designed "for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in contemporary conflict, conflict management, conflict resolution, or international organization," will appeal to both scholars and informed lay readers. A valuable contribution to the growing literature on UN peacekeeping in the aftermath of the 1993 Persian Gulf War.‘David Ettinger, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.