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Problems and Prospects for International Peacekeeping Efforts: Conversation with Indar Jit Rikhye, President, International Peace Academy; February 15, 1983, by Harry Kreisler
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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 An Open Window. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Major General Indar Jit Rikhye, President of the International Peace Academy. General Rikhye was a former military advisor to UN Secretaries-General Dag Hammarskjöld and U Thant, and Commander of the United Nations Emergency Force in Gaza. As military advisor, he was responsible for operations in the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, West Iran, Yemen, and Cyprus. book coverSpecial assignments included advisor to the secretary-general during the Cuban Missile Crisis, chief of the UN observer mission to the Dominican Republic, and participant in the Spinelli-Rikhye Mission to Jordan and Israel in 1965. General Rikhye is the author of numerous publications including The Thin Blue Line: International Peacekeeping and its Future.

  1. Background ... military career ... working in the United Nations ... peacekeeping defined
  2. Civil Wars ... complexity of civil wars: examples ... the complicated situation in Lebanon ... Congo
  3. The Arab-Israeli Conflict ... failure of diplomacy is not failure of peacekeeping ... the Lebanon debacle ... non-UN multilateral force ... exclusion of Soviets from Camp David ... peacekeeping force as confidence-building tool ... the Golan Heights ... hypocrisy ... use any diplomatic tool to advance peace
  4. The International Peace Academy ... conflict resolution skills ... publications ... peacekeeping skills ... problems of command ... researching conflicts ... working with regional organizations ... note of hope

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