a comparison of Australia's military interventions in Somalia and Rwanda

Mat Hardy

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This article seeks to compare Australia's involvement in two key 1990s peace missions: those to Somalia in 1992-93 and Rwanda in 1994-95. While there are many similarities between the two missions in terms of time, scale and theatre, the differences are more important. Both missions are usually recalled as failures despite the Australian troops having been extremely successful in their roles during both deployments. Moreover the experiences with intervention in Africa seem to have forever blighted Australian participation in peace missions on that continent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-491
Number of pages24
JournalSmall Wars and Insurgencies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007



  • United Nations
  • Australian military
  • peace keeping missions
  • military interventions
  • Somalia
  • Rwanda

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