Peacekeeping in Vietnam: Canada, India, Poland, and the International Commission

Peacekeeping in Vietnam: Canada, India, Poland, and the International Commission

Peacekeeping in Vietnam: Canada, India, Poland, and the International Commission

Peacekeeping in Vietnam: Canada, India, Poland, and the International Commission

Synopsis

This book explores the ramifications of the peacekeeping mission by three countries in light of their various foreign policies, set in the wider scene of international politics. The Commission did more worthwhile work than is commonly appreciated.

Excerpt

The conflicts in Indochina have occupied the attention of much of international politics since the Second World War. Vietnam has been at the heart of the conflict, from the sustained fighting begun in December 1946 between the French and Vietminh, to the Chinese invasion in 1979. in the event, Vietnam acquired and retains for many a symbolic importance that exceeds the strategic value of the country. As a result, Vietnam has been the subject of several studies in our times; yet a need remains for an analysis of the Vietnam experience as an exercise in international peacekeeping. Possibly because interest in peacekeeping has tended to be concentrated on United Nations exercises, the International Commission for Supervision and Control (ICSC) in Vietnam has escaped serious study.

This work is intended to fill the lacuna partially. the achievements and shortcomings of the icsc will be revealed by subjecting its workings to a close scrutiny. in the process, the Commission will be broken down into its constituent elements: the delegations of Canada, India, and Poland. This procedure allows us both to understand the workings of the Commission as a whole, and to comment upon the coincidence of the delegations' voting patterns with the foreign policies of their respective countries. the study is thus simultaneously an examination of icsc behavior in Vietnam, and of Canadian, Indian, and Polish behavior in the icsc.

The theme of the study is a detailed exploration of the relationship between international peacekeeping in the icsc from its inception in 1954 to its termination in 1973; the foreign policies of the three countries represented on the Commission; and wider . . .

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