ISBN 9780797494411
Pages 152
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

South Africa and United Nations Peacekeeping Offensive Operations

Conceptual Models

by Antonio Garcia

The creation of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) as the sharp tactical edge of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), tasked with the neutralising of armed groups, was a watershed moment in the history of modern peace missions. What was more significant was that sub-Saharan national leaders were instrumental in the creation of the FIB (South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi), but lacked the resources to deploy such a force and consequently the brigade was deployed under the banner of the UN. With the legacy of an African Renaissance, and its role in the conception of the FIB, South Africa remains a critical player in international peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore holds a key strategic role in achieving the FIB’s objectives. This comes at a critical time where blue helmets are increasingly exposed to complex and challenging security contexts. The aim of this work is to provide a conceptual model for South African military future operations and UN offensive peacekeeping operations. In this undertaking, a layer of military and Clausewitzian theory is added to offensive peacekeeping operations. Furthermore, there are sections on operational constructs (capstone and operating concepts), doctrine and structural elements, as well a section on mine action.

This book contributes towards an understanding of the nature of modern strategy through the lens of UN offensive peacekeeping operations and provides insights into operational challenges.

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About the Author

Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia is currently a visiting scholar at New York University, Centre on International Cooperation. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and certified Chartered Geographer (RGS-IBG). He has previously served in the South African National Defence Force as an officer and senior officer for 16 years. During his service he has been deployed in two peacekeeping missions, in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Darfur (UNAMID), serving as a brigade military staff officer and troop commander respectively. Having held various command and staff positions at field and HQ levels, he has also served in internal and regional missions. Antonio has also worked at the intersection of training; research and development; operations and doctrine and policy. As a visiting lecturer he has taught at Durham University (UK) and New York University as well as at various military colleges and schools, and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of South Africa and is currently a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University. Antonio has published in academic and professional journals, as well as in poetry and literature anthologies. 

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