Canadian Warriors in Peacekeeping: Points of Tension in Complex Cultural Encounters


  1. Winslow, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Ottawa Univ, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Program for Research on Peace Security and Society
This paper is organized into seven sections, each examing a particular dimension of the Canadian deployment in the Former Yugoslavia. The first section addresses the political dimensions to the deployment and the decision to commit the Canadian Forces to UNPROFOR, IFOR and SFOR. We discuss how participation in peace operation is compatible with Canada's national security agenda. Participation is also popular with the Canadian's national security agenda. Participation is also popular with the Canadian public since it appeals to a Canadian identity of helping others. In addition, participation brings credit to Canada internationally and allows Canada to have a voice in international organizations. The next section examines how the SFOR operation is organized and how training and previous experience prepares Canadians for the mission. We also examine the attitudes that Canadian peacekeepers have towards the mission. In the next section we go on to discuss the relationships that Canadians have with other national contingents and how our NATO experience affects our ability to work with other militaries in SFOR. The next section examines how Canadians organize and maintain relationships with the local population. The final two sections examine relationships that Canadian military personnel have with other organizatrions in theatre - particularly international and voluntary relief agencies and the media.
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-1999-125 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 1999
Number of Pages
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