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The Good Neighbour: Australian Peace Support Operations in the Pacific Islands 1980-2006

Bob Breen (Deakin University, Victoria)



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Cambridge University Press
15 July 2016
History; Australasian & Pacific history; Military history; Military history: post WW2 conflicts
The Good Neighbour explores the Australian government's efforts to support peace in the Pacific Islands from 1980 to 2006. It tells the story of the deployment of Australian diplomatic, military and policing resources at a time when neighbouring governments were under pressure from political violence and civil unrest. The main focus of this volume is Australian peacemaking and peacekeeping in response to the Bougainville Crisis, a secessionist rebellion that began in late 1988 with the sabotage of a major mining operation. Following a signed peace agreement in 2001, the crisis finally ended in December 2005, under the auspices of the United Nations. During this time Australia's involvement shifted from behind-the-scenes peacemaking, to armed peacekeeping intervention, and finally to a longer-term unarmed regional peacekeeping operation. Granted full access to all relevant government files, Bob Breen recounts the Australian story from decisions made in Canberra to the planning and conduct of operations.
By:   Bob Breen (Deakin University Victoria)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Volume 5
Dimensions:   Height: 252mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   1.380kg
ISBN:   9781107019713
ISBN 10:   1107019710
Series:   The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations 5 Volume Set
Pages:   648
Publication Date:   15 July 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Undergraduate ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Associate Professor Bob Breen is Deakin University's Director of Post Graduate Qualifications and Academic Adviser at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College. Beginning with books on Australian military operations in Korea and Vietnam, he went on to author several books about Australian peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Papua New Guinea (Bougainville) and East Timor in the 1990s, as well as an analysis of post-Cold War Australian military force projection entitled Struggling for Self Reliance: Four Case Studies of Australian Regional Force Projection in the Late 1980s and the 1990s (2008).

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