Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and by Chiyuki Aoi

By Chiyuki Aoi

This e-book goals to supply for a path-breaking cross-regional comparability of the functions and readiness of Asia-Pacific nations to give a contribution to peace help missions, with a watch to picking rising tendencies and coverage implications.

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Yee-Kuang Heng and Wei-Chong Ong demonstrate how participating in UN-led operations is seen by Singapore as a way to support international law and organizations, viewed as mechanisms to ensure its survival. The country in recent years has also contributed to US-led coalition operations, justified in more direct terms of preserving security in a globalized world. Despite its severe manpower constraints and conscription placing limits on how flexibly it can deploy overseas, Singapore has emphasized its niche capabilities to make it contribution more impactful as a force multiplier, most recently in high-end technological systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The first step in this direction is to have a firmer grasp of the diverse experiences and capabilities of regional states, which this book aims to do. Plan of the Book Given the preceding discussion of ongoing shifts in the demand and supply of peace operations worldwide, this book deploys an analytical framework that first covers the above challenges in terms of demand. Chapter contributors were then asked to assess supply-side questions in terms of individual countries’ peacekeeping capabilities, including doctrine, institution, and equipment, in order to identify the strong and weak points of each nation.

19. Robert Egnell, Complex Peace Operations and Civil-Military Relations (London: Routledge, Cass Military Studies, 2009). 20. On US Peace Operations doctrine, for example, see William Flavin, “US Doctrine for Peace Operations,” International Peacekeeping, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2008): 35–50. Christopher Dandeker and James Gow, “Military Culture and Strategic Peacekeeping,” in Earwin A. Schmidle, Peace Operations between War and Peace (London: Routledge 2000). 21. Doctrines for peace support in themselves are somewhat new as UNPKO were conducted without doctrines.

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