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Army April 28, 2011
By Natalie Alexander
THE first book in an official six-
part series on Australia's role in
peacekeeping has been launched to
a packed audience at the Australian
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin
Rudd officially launched the
book, Australia and the New World
Order: From Peacekeeping to Peace
Enforcement: 1988-1991, on April 11
alongside the author and series edi-
tor Professor David Horner, Australia's
fifth Official Historian.
The book is the first of six volumes
to be written as part of The Official
History of Australian Peacekeeping,
Humanitarian and Post-Cold War
Operations, a Government-authorised
series looking at the country's involve-
ment in peacekeeping operations since
the first deployment in 1947.
Professor Horner, a military histo-
rian and Professor of Defence History
at the Australian National University,
was appointed by Cabinet in 2004 to
research and write the series which will
cover more than 50 missions in 27 con-
The volume is the first official his-
tory to be written in partnership with
the ANU and the Australian War
Memorial, with major funding also pro-
vided by Defence and an Australian
Research Council grant.
Professor Horner said the support
of his colleagues in helping to research,
write and review the 600-page book, as
well as input from peacekeeping per-
sonnel, had been vital.
"In researching this volume I inter-
viewed some 100 peacekeeping vet-
erans and key participants, and I'm
extremely grateful to them," he said.
The book includes analyses of sev-
eral missions where Australian peace-
keepers have been deployed from
1988-1991, including Namibia, Iran,
and Pakistan/Afghanistan, as well as
Australia's reaction to Iraq's 1990 inva-
sion of Kuwait.
Mr Rudd said this was a time of sig-
nificant change for the world, and the
book was a key contribution towards
national understanding of Australia's
part in international peacekeeping, with
more than 65,000 personnel deployed
worldwide since 1947.
"As [the former] prime minister and
as Foreign Minister, I've been acutely
aware that Australian service people
face extreme danger, at present most
particularly in Afghanistan," he said.
"And yet we recognise the very sig-
nificant and necessary contributions
Australians in peacekeeping and other
missions abroad make to the situation
to which they are deployed and the
global order more broadly."
However, Professor Horner said the
complete story of Australian peace-
keeping could not be told in the series,
as he had not received Government per-
mission to include details on the coun-
try's recent operations in East Timor,
Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said the stories of these missions
deserved to be told, and further added
he believed work should begin on offi-
cial histories of Australia's operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The Australian public deserve to
learn what their sailors, soldiers and
airmen have endured on their behalf,"
He said aside from the practical
benefit that official histories provid-
ed in aiding compensation claims and
veterans' benefits, personnel and their
families deserved to have their experi-
"So, with my present volume we've
made a start towards filling in the gaps
in Australia's military history since we
withdrew from Vietnam some 40 years
ago," he said.
Australia and the New World Order: From
Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement: 1988-1991
is available online from Cambridge University
Press at www.cambridge.org/aus/ or the
Australian War Memorial at www.awm.gov.au
By Cfn Max Bree
A BLOODY challenge is on again in
September with each service set to bat-
tle for supremacy.
Organisers of Defence's third Blood
Challenge plan to tap into the vein of
triservice rivalry in an effort to increase
much-needed blood stocks.
Strategic Logistic Branch staff officer
and Blood Challenge organiser Gary
Schulz said the initiative would help
highlight Defence's involvement in the
"It's important that the public sees
Defence as part of the day-to-day life in
Australia," Mr Schulz said.
The Red Cross will tally donations
from each service from September 1 to
November 30, awarding bragging rights
to the winners.
Mr Schulz plans to book donor vans
and mobile Red Cross teams to visit
Defence bases across Australia.
He said the fitness and healthy life-
style of Defence personnel made them
ideal blood donors.
"We can't do without blood," he
said. "No one thinks about blood day
to day. Hopefully nobody needs it, but
sometime, somewhere, a mate, a family
member or spouse might need it."
set to start again
Pushing peace: Author David Horner speaks at the launch of his new book, Australia and the New World
Order, at the Australian War Memorial.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
Give it up: Fit, healthy Defence
personnel make ideal blood donors.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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