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UNEF: the origins and realities of Canadian peacekeeping

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peacekeeping, Canada

Abstract (summary)

When the Trudeau government was elected in October 2015, it did not take long for government officials and political observers to announce that “Canada is back.” Launching a high- profile bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, the prime minister announced: “we need to focus on what brings us together, not what divides us. For Canada that means re-engaging in global affairs through institutions like the UN. It doesn’t serve our interests – or the world’s to pretend we’re not deeply affected by what happens beyond our borders.”1 Peacekeeping was one of the ways in which Canada was to re-engage with the world, revitalizing the myth that peacekeeping is where Canada finds success on the world stage. But the reality behind the myth certainly questions the idea of “success.”

Publication Information

Carroll, M. (2017). UNEF: The Origins and Realities of Canadian Peacekeeping. In H. G. Coombs, M. Deleuze, K. Brushett, & M. Doucet (Eds,), Peacekeeping: Perspectives Old and New, Martello Papers 46. Centre for International and Defense Policy (Ch. 2 pp. 61-76). Queen's University Press.



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Book Chapter



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