East Timor Intervention

East Timor Intervention : A Retrospective on INTERFET

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Australia s involvement in the liberation of East Timor in 1999 was the most decisive demonstration of Australian influence in the region since World War II and the largest military contribution since the Vietnam War. Australian diplomacy and leadership shaped the events that led to the birth of Asia s newest nation. East Timor Intervention looks at the crisis through the prism of key participants and observers on the ground and abroad, including Indonesia s martial law commander Kiki Syahnakri defending his record, the country s first president Xanana Gusm o on the resolution and poise of Timor s resistance fighters, Australia s Chief of Defence Force Chris Barrie on cobbling the force together, commander of the International Force Peter Cosgrove on the operation, and key policy adviser Hugh White on Canberra s policy contortions in the lead-up to the intervention. This impressive collection includes significant new perspectives on Southeast Asian security affairs and the role Australia can play in regional security and stability.show more

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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 420g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Academic Monographs
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 0522867766
  • 9780522867763
  • 979,884

About John C. Blaxland

Dr John Blaxland is a Senior Fellow at SDSC at ANU who writes about military history, intelligence and security and Asia-Pacific affairs. His publications include The Australian Army from Whitlam to Howard (CUP, 2014) and "Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia" in Dean, et. al., Australia's Defence: Towards a New Era? (MUP 2014). In 2014 he was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant for a project entitled "Thailand's Military, the USA and China". He is also the author of the second volume and co-author of the third volume of the official history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.show more

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