Ireland and International Peacekeeping Operations 1960-2000: A Study of Irish Motivation

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Law - 234 pages
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The Republic of Ireland has won its status as a leading contributor to international peacekeeping operations, which has been its key 'foreign policy' since the 1960s. But why is Ireland so keen to be involved?

This new book asks and answers this and other key questions about Ireland's close involvement with the EU. It cannot simply be for charitable reasons, so is it because it is a neutral state or because it is a middle power? Overall, is Ireland's peacekeeping policy based on realism and liberalism? The characteristics of peacekeeping operations have changed significantly, especially since the end of the Cold War. Can Ireland survive as a traditional peacekeeping contributor or does it have to change its peacekeeping policy radically? And will it be able to maintain its distance from NATO and the EU in terms of peacekeeping operations? This title attempts to answer all of these questions, drawing on a wide range of resources from literature, Irish and UN documents, to newspapers and interviews.

 

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Contents

Assessment of consistent contributing states
12
Irelands contribution to the peacekeeping force in the
20
Irish Permanent Defence Forces shortfall 195659
22
The Troops for ONUC during the first months buildup
33
Irelands commitment to peacekeeping operations in
61
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and
99
Operational statistics of the Irish contingent in UNIFIL
123
Irelands peacekeeping policy in the postCold War era
133
Conclusion
180
Appendices
194
Bibliography
215
Index
229
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