Military Operations Other Than War

America draws back from interventionism

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Baghdad last week to witness the last of American combat forces in Iraq furl their colours and prepare to leave after nearly 10 years of battle.

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am

The high price of global stability

The eight Chinese peacekeepers killed in last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti were well aware that peacekeeping is a dangerous job. They had been trained to deal with civil unrest, tropical diseases and natural disasters.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Softly, softly - so far

Adusty, fly-strewn fishing port on the east coast of Somalia may seem a strange place from which to glimpse the future. But it is here that Beijing faces the kind of military and diplomatic test that a rapidly growing navy will have to confront in its efforts to better protect the nation's broadening global interests.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Rising peacekeeper role burnishes China's image

The United Nations-African Union force sent to protect civilians from Arab militias in Sudan's Darfur is in trouble. Last July, the Security Council approved sending 19,555 troops by December 31. Barely half the troops have arrived. Among those making good on their commitments is China, albeit sending only three soldiers.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The Chinese peacekeepers

A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines

The death of a People's Liberation Army soldier in southern Lebanon last week highlighted China's increased participation in United Nations peacekeeping forces.

How long has China been part of the UN's peacekeeping missions?

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Peacekeepers struggle to achieve mission impossible

Latin American nations leading the operation blame a lack of urgency from aid donors

Representatives from all 15 members of the UN Security Council visited Haiti last week to evaluate a peacekeeping mission that has come under fire for failing to slow continuing violence or rehabilitate the government's tarnished institutions.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Why the UN welcomes Chinese peacekeepers

Lieutenant-Colonel Yang Jingjun and his staff are a long way from their frozen homes in northeastern China.

10 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Summit posturing

Both the great promise and the enduring problems of the United Nations were on vivid display this week in New York, where the Millennium Summit of 147 national leaders ended yesterday.

9 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Rethinking the role of peacekeeping

THE world is outraged that the Bosnian Serbs should have kidnapped unarmed United Nations observers and taken them hostage. But the surprise is that the hostage-taking - and the unprecedented battle between French and Serbian forces yesterday - are not everyday occurrences in the Bosnian war.

28 May 1995 - 12:00am

Soldiers of peace

FINLAND has contributed more soldiers to United Nations peacekeeping forces than any other country and, at a turning point in world history, the presidents of the United States and the former Soviet Union chose to meet in Helsinki.

6 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Too great a penalty

US President Bill Clinton's maiden address to the United Nations has put renewed pressure on the international community to accept American leadership in world affairs. From arms proliferation to UN peacekeeping operations and human rights, Mr Clintonset out his administration's agenda as the model for international relations in the coming year.

29 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Breaking with policy

MRS Margaret Thatcher's criticism of the West for behaving ''like an accomplice to a massacre'' for its failure to arm Bosnia's Muslims may sound glib and emotive. However, it is as much an attempt by the former prime minister to undermine her successor as a contribution to the debate on curbing Serb excesses.

15 Apr 1993 - 12:00am