Last Calls for Registration - Force for Good? - 5 Sep 2007

The Australian War Memorial history conference for 2007 is on next week, on 13 and 14 September. The conference is titled, "Force for good? 60 years of Australian peacekeeping", and is being organized by the team writing Australia's Official History of Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations.

It is essential that people wishing to attend the conference (for either one or both days) register by this Friday, 7 September.

The conference will offer a unique chance to get a preview of the Official History. Each of the authors of the first four volumes will present a paper, discussing the themes with which his volume will deal, and in the process giving an overview of Australia's 60 years of peacekeeping history.

In addition, the two days will feature papers by some of Australia's most distinguished former and current peacekeepers, including Lieutenant General John Sanderson, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, Major General Tim Ford, and Major General Ian Gordon. Thematic sessions will discuss issues such as the command of multinational operations, police in peacekeeping, the role of NGOs and of diplomats, and specialised areas such as de-mining and weapons inspection.

The conference will look back over 60 years of history, to see where we have got and where we go from here. In the current environment, it is easy to forget the enduring and critical role of peacekeeping. It will be a long time before such a distinguished group of speakers on peacekeeping is again brought together in Australia.

Conference registration costs $200 ($120 for students and Friends of the Memorial), or $120 ($70) for one day. There is a free welcome reception for conference registrants at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 12 September. The conference dinner, on Thursday, 13 September, will be in ANZAC Hall at the Memorial and costs $50/head.

Further information and the registration form are at:

Enquiries to:

I hope to see you there.

Peter Londey
Deputy Editor
Official History of Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations
Australian War Memorial
Ph: 02 6243 4216