This conference marked the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first Australian peacekeepers in Indonesia, in September 1947. Since then more than 30,000 Australians have served in peacekeeping operations all over the world. Now Australia is the first country to be writing an official history of its complete peacekeeping record. The conference was an opportunity to hear members of the official history team, distinguished academics, and past and present peacekeepers look back over the last six decades and contemplate what it means for the future.


Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September 2007


Telstra Theatre, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Key Speakers

These included:

  • Lt Gen John Sanderson, UN commander in Cambodia
  • Lt Gen Ken Gillespie, Vice Chief of the Defence Force
  • Maj Gen Ian Gordon, commander of UN observers in Israel
  • Maj Gen Tim Ford, Chief of Staff, UNTSO, 1998-2000
  • Rod Barton, weapons inspector in Iraq
  • Ian Mansfield, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • Prof Ramesh Thakur, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Cdr Geoff Hazel, police peacekeeper
  • George Gittoes, peacekeeping artist
  • Authors of the Official History of Peacekeeping and Post–Cold War Operations

Speaker biographies

Presentation synopses

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