Canadian Peacekeeping Persuasive Essay by Quality Writers

Canadian Peacekeeping
An analysis of Canada's peacekeeping missions from the point of view of their rhetoric, as well as their reality.
# 101766 | 3,382 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper critically examines the deployments of Canadian forces to Somalia in East Africa, to Rwanda in Central Africa and to the former Yugoslavia in the Balkans. It examines these deployments in the context of changes in Canadian policy and models of foreign policy action in the 1990s. The paper argues that while the humanitarian impulse underlying Canadian peacekeeping missions was admirable, in reality the policies justifying its expansion were flawed and the missions destined for operational failure given the inability of the Canadian government to match its rhetoric with financial support and close oversight.

Table of Contents:
The Promise of Peacekeeping - The Early 1990s
The Somalia Affair
Somalia as a U.N. Peacekeeping Crisis
Soft Power - Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia

From the Paper:

"It may be argued that this lack of interest in the details and the ground level problems of peacekeeping in the 1990s by the Canadian government - a lack of interest that was juxtaposed with the grandiose rhetoric justifying the government's repeated deployments of over-stretched Canadian forces overseas - explains much of the failures of Canadian peacekeeping during this period. As has been seen, the operational collapse of the Somalia mission was to be mirrored in the inadequacies of the UN peacekeeping response to the Rwandan genocide, and the humiliation and casualties of the Canadian peacekeeping deployment in the former Yugoslavia. In all of these cases, the disconnect between the reality on the ground and the rhetoric of the Canadian foreign policy elite was striking. Given these notable failures, it may be concluded that only when the rhetoric connects with the reality can Canadian military interventions abroad - whether peacekeeping, peacemaking or nation-building - be justified and conducted with any hope of success."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anglin, Douglas. "Review of the Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Actions of the United Nations during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda." International Journal. 56.1 (2000), 149- 164.
  • Axworthy, Lloyd. "Canada and Human Security: The Need for Leadership." International Journal. 52.2 (1997), 183-93.
  • Barnett, Michael. "The Politics of Indifference at the United Nations and Genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia." in This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia. Ed. Thomas Cushman and Stjepan Mestrovic. New York: New York University Press, 1996. 128-62.
  • Chapnick, Adam. "The Canadian Middle Power Myth." International Journal. 55.2 (2000), 188-201.
  • Franck, Thomas. "A Holistic Approach to Building Peace." Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century. Ed. Olara Otunnu and Michael Doyle. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, 275-96.

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