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Shaping the U.S. Role in Peacekeeping Operations: Conversation with Adm. Leighton Smith; 4/1/97 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest today is Admiral Leighton W. Smith Jr. His 34 1/2 year career in the navy culminated in a fourth star and his appointment as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe. He also served as Commander of Implementation Forces (IFOR), the multinational force tasked to implement the military aspects of the peace agreement on Bosnia-Hercegovina. Joining us in the studio is Professor Tom Barnes. Professor Barnes is a professor of history and law at UC Berkeley.

  1. Background
  2. The End of the Cold War ... memorable images ... military planning
  3. Military Coordination ... GI - UK gap ... build-down
  4. Peace Support Operations ... saving the Kurds ... traditional military vs. peace support
  5. Maintaining Troop Morale ... psychological toll ... a sense of usefulness
  6. War Criminals and International Political Will ... bringing criminals to justice ... spin-off of military presence
  7. Why Peacekeeping is So Difficult ... limits of military role ... limits of civilian organizations
  8. The "Vietnam Syndrome" and Other Lessons ... political-military dialogue ... public commitment ... the lesson of Somalia ... ideological conflicts
  9. The Press
  10. Leadership

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