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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in General News

Book Launch – “Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace”

From Professor Walter Dorn, an in-depth description of this important and unique book about UN humanitarian aid and their use of aircrafts.  Book Launch September 16!

Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace edited by Prof. Walter Dorn

You are invited to a book launch to be held at the Hart House Debates Room, University of Toronto, 16 September 2014 from 7-9 pm with special guest LGen Roméo Dallaire.

The only book to examine how aircraft are used by the United Nations for humanitarian, peacekeeping and enforcement missions: as eyes in the sky, as life-lines to war-afflicted people and winged enforcers of a fragile peace. Rich poignant studies illuminate the past and present use of UN air power, pointing the way to the future.

Air power for warfighting is a story that’s been told many times. Air power for peacekeeping and UN enforcement is a story that desperately needs to be told. For the first-time, this volume covers the fascinating range of aerial peace functions. In rich detail it describes: aircraft transporting vital supplies to UN peacekeepers and massive amounts of humanitarian aid to war-affected populations; aircraft serving as the “eyes in sky” to keep watch for the world organization; and combat aircraft enforcing the peace. Rich poignant case studies illuminate the past and present use of UN air power, pointing the way for the future. This book impressively fills the large gap in the current literature on peace operations, on the United Nations and on air power generally.

The Editor, Dr. Walter Dorn, teaches military officers and civilians at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) and at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is a professor of defence studies and Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at CFC. He has both studied and served on UN peace operations, and worked as a consultant to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. More information at

The chapter authors are seasoned military officers, UN staff, peacekeepers, doctrine developers and academics — experts on their subjects.


‘Combining rigorous analysis with compelling first-hand experience, and awareness of new technologies with deft appreciation of history, this book provides a compelling account of the use of air power in UN operations which provides both rich insight into its possibilities and frank advice about its limitations and management. Comprehensive and authoritative, it will be core reading for analysts and practitioners alike for years to come.’
           – Alex J. Bellamy, Griffith University, Australia and International Peace Institute

‘I welcome this unique volume on air power in UN operations. It provides a close look at the ways peacekeeping and enforcement can be facilitated from the air. It provides an impressive and wide-ranging examination of air power applications from the past and points to how these can be made more effective in the future.’
– Lieutenant-General The Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire (retired)



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