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Old 12-21-2012   #1
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Default Peacekeeping goes wrong at home: Fiji

Fiji rarely gets attention here, but as a small nation it has made a significant contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, notably in Southern Lebanon till 2002 (UNIFIL).

Fijian politics are well beyond the range of my media watching, although I know at times the Fijian military have taken over the government (now till 2014); as they do now.

So a short article in an Australian think tank's blog caught my eye; thanks to Fuchs for highlighting: The Strategist the official blog of The Australian Strategic Policy Institute:http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/

The article is by a former Fijian Army officer is 'The unintended consequences of Fijiís UN peacekeeping operations': http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/the...ng-operations/

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Iíd argue that the politicisation of the Fijian military is partly due to the fact that it has developed a self-image as a mediator of political tensions and executor of coups díťtat. Unlike the Indonesian military, the Fijian militaryís raison díÍtre wasnít determined by internal security threats; in fact, it was historically apolitical. And the development of this self-image appears to be an unintended consequence of the Fijian militaryís involvement in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.

Much of this development has its roots in the Fijian militaryís first deployment on a UN peacekeeping operation as part of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1978.
Worth a read, more for the possible impact at home for a nation deploying its military on peacekeeping missions.

IIRC much has been made in he past of the impact on 'security sector reform', democratisation and human rights observance from changing nations undertaking such roles - in the partial spotlight of other nations. Cannot think immediately of an example where it has gone wrong like Fiji.
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Default New military commander Q&A

An interesting Q&A with Fiji's new military commander, who I note first served as a Private for seven years:http://www.islandsbusiness.com/2014/...-fijis-milita/

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Is this why Fijian troops are in demand in the United Nations?

Demand does not come only with how we do our job as a low-tech army. Fijians donít appreciate our army as other countries do. The old saying is true - a prophet is not liked in his own land. Our soldiers are highly recognised in every county they have visited and are recognised by the bigger armies around us as being good soldiers because we do our jobs well with the minimum of resources. Last month we got images of our troops wearing skis patrolling the snow in Mount Hermon in Syria. We have never tried skiing but now we have videos of our soldiers in proper skiing gear doing patrols in the Golan Heights. Thatís the adaptability of the Fijian soldiers; put them anywhere with the right equipment, they learn quick and do a great job. Thatís something we donít want to lose.
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