Symposium 2017 - History of Peacekeeping : New Perspectives 

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Why is peacekeeping still with us?

Despite its critics and its disappointments, peacekeeping remains alive and well in 2017. What we call peacekeeping today is very different than that conceptualized 60 years ago by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.  It has evolved over the years to the point at which some have even tried to change its name.  But whatever we call it, peacekeeping remains something that Canadians value as highly today as they did in 1956. So just what is this thing that we call peacekeeping today?

To answer that question international experts (Canadian, American, African and Australian) will be meeting in Kingston on November 2-3, 2017 to discuss the history of peacekeeping in light of new perspectives in the field.  The symposium will focus on three main areas of enquiry:  new historical perspectives on past peacekeeping missions; historical perspectives on present and future challenges peacekeeping is likely to face; and the impact of peacekeeping operations on the African continent in terms of lessons learned and perspectives for the future.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Walter A. Dorn, Department of Studies, Canadian Force College and Royal Military College of Canada
  • Peter Londey, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
  • Colin McClullough, McMaster University and Ryerson Universty 
  • And many more. 

The History Department of the Royal Military College of Canada is pleased to host this symposium on November 2 and 3, 2017.  

Registration rate: $140
Fees include coffee-break, lunch and dinner.

Register on the RMC Club web site

For more information please contact: Dr Magali Deleuze ( and Dr  Jean Lamarre (

Supported by the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre

Holiday Inn Reservations



Wednesday November 1st 2017

Dinner reception with speakers (optional) 

Thursday November 2nd 2017

Time Event Details
8:30-9:00 Opening remarks

Principal M. H.J. (Harry) Kowal, (Ph.D, CD, RMC, BEng, MSAe, MA(SS), MDS, PhD, PEng, BGen (Ret)),
College Commandant, Brigadier General Sébastien Bouchard (CMR / RMC 1993)
Lieutenant-General M.J. Hood, CMM, CD, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force

9:00-10:00 Guest Speaker Walter A. Dorn, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Force College and Royal Military College of Canada : "Air Power in the UN Operations"
10:00-10:15 Coffee break n/a
10:15-12:15 New Perspectives on Peacekeeping’s Past
  • Michael Carroll, MacEwan University: "UNEF: The Origins and Realities of Canadian Peacekeeping"
  • Michael Holm, Boston University: "A Clash of Ideals? American Victory Culture and the Debate over Peacekeeping"
  • Kofi Nsia-Pepra, International Relations, Ohio Northern University: "Robust Peacekeeping: The Most Appropriate Operational Paradigm to Adress Contemporary UN Peacekeeping Civilian Protection Challenges"
12:15-13:30 Lunch in the OCdts Mess
13:30-14:30 Guest Speaker Peter Londey, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University: "History of Australian Peacekeeping"
14:30-14:45 Coffee break n/a
14:45-16:30 Historical Perspectives on Peacekeeping’s Future
  • Christopher Spearin, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College and RMC: "While You Were Away : Peace Support, Privatization and Canada"
  • Karine Mac Allister, Université de Montréal, Droit international: "Quel rôle pour les ONG dans le maintien de la paix en 2017?"
  • Rémy Mbida Mbida, Département de diplomatie à l’Institut des relations internationales du
  • Cameroun: "La lutte anti-terroriste : un nouveau mandat des opérations de maintien de la paix en Afrique?"
  • Ariane Larouche, University of Ottawa: "Gender and Peacekeeping: What Future for Peacekeeping Operations?"
16:30 Cocktail of book launching of the Symposium Proceedings of 2015

short speeches by

  • Dr. Doug Delaney, the Dean of Arts,
  • Dr. Jim Denford,
  • UBC Press representative,
  • Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger,
  • M. Jack Cunningham (editor of International journal),
  • MQUP representative and Col (ret) Patrick Denis for his publication Reluctant Warriors, UBC, 2017.

Cash Bar.

Dinner at the Senior Staff Mess.

Friday, November 3rdT

Time Event Details
9:00-10:00 Guest Speaker Colin McCullough, McMaster University and
Ryerson University: "Creating Canada’s Peacekeeping Past"
10:00-10:15 Coffee break n/a
10:15-12:00 Peacekeeping in Africa: Lessons from its Past, Perspectives on its Future
  • Mohieddine Hadhri, Diplomatie et relations internationales, Université de Manouba, "Tunis: L’ONU et les casques bleus en Afrique, 1956-2016"
  • Bruno Sauvagnat, Ottawa University: "Réussites et échecs des missions internationales au Libéria"
  • Abdelhadi Kasmi, Faculté des Sciences juridiques, économiques et sociales, Salé, Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco: "Les missions hybrides des Nations-Unies et de l’Union africaine : le cas de la MINUAD au Darfour"
  • Said Chamkhi et Khadija Boutkhili, Institut des Études Africaines (IEA) Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco: "La MINUSMA face à la crise sécuritaire embrouillée au Mali"
12:00-12:15 Final remarks from the main organizer of this Symposium and Chair of War Studies programme of RMC, Dr. Magali Deleuze.

Download Programme in PDF format 

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