Professor Ben Shoenmaker: The Dutch contributions to UN Peacekeeping Export this event to calendar

Monday, August 18, 2014 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

As part of the History Speaker Series, Professor Ben Shoenmaker from Leiden University and the Netherlands Institute of Military History will present “Who needs fair weather friends?: The Dutch contribution to UN Peacekeeping”.

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Why do countries participate in peacekeeping operations? The answer to this question is not as obvious as it may seem, not in the Dutch case at least. Ben Schoenmaker will discuss the often complex and sometimes contradictory motives of the Dutch government to take part in UN peacekeeping operations. He will focus on two major contributions, the one to UNIFIL in Lebanon, the other to UNPROFOR in Bosnia. The decision to take part in UNIFIL was mainly driven by a rather calculated wish to gain international prestige, whereas in the case of UNPROFOR moral indignation seemed to be the main motive.  What both missions have common, however, is that for the Dutch they became major disappointments, twice forcing the government to conclude:  “Never again!”.

After completing his military service in 1988, Prof. dr. Schoenmaker was recruited by the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH), which is part of the Ministry of Defence in The Hague. Since then he has published numerous books and articles on the history of the Dutch armed forces and on military history in general. He is co-author of a book on the Dutch contribution to UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping mission to southern Lebanon. In 2011 he was appointed professor of military history at Leiden University, a position he combines with his work at the NIMH.

Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
117 MacKirdy Reading Room
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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