ISBN 9789381904145,Peacekeeping and Protection of Civilians: The Indian Air Force in the Congo

Peacekeeping and Protection of Civilians: The Indian Air Force in the Congo



Knowledge World Publishers

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789381904145

ISBN-10 9381904146


Number of Pages 240 Pages
Language (English)

Air forces & warfare

Peacekeeping under the United Nations flag is a most nobleendeavour. India can rightly be proud of its commitment andcontribution to this cause. While the Indian Armys long-standinglegacy has been extensively and well documented, IAFs history inpeacekeeping is far less known or written about. This book makes abeginning to put the record straight. Employment of air power,dramatic and awe inspiring in all its manifestations, has beendogged by controversies of collateral damage and larger politicalramifications. NATOs use is one extreme driven by aversion to ownbody-bags, while UN peacekeeping represents the other end ofjudicious and calibrated employment.

Various chapters in the book give insights into risks,pay-offs and complexities of air power in UN peacekeeping.Protection of Civilians is a topical subject with controversialissues such as R2P and Libya likely to remain debatable for a longtime to come. In future, R2P would be an issue that would need tobe closely followed by all instruments of the Govt. involved inpeacekeeping. This work makes an effort to put this debate inperspective and poses important questions for the country