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David Horner: Australia and the 'New World Order'

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July–August 2011, no. 333

David Horner: Australia and the 'New World Order'

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July–August 2011, no. 333

Australia’s fifth official war historian

Peter Edwards

 

Australia and the ‘New World Order’: From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement: 1988–1991
by David Horner
Cambridge University Press, $150 hb, 696 pp, 9780521765879

 

When the United States recently announced its commitment to enforce a ‘no-fly zone’ in Libya, the State Department spokesman was asked whether the United States was now at war. He could only manage a floundering non-answer. The unfortunate spokesman’s difficulty with this apparently simple question is a reminder of the vast changes in the nature of military conflict in recent decades. Major conflicts are seldom a matter of one state formally declaring war on another, with a largely agreed set of rules on the conduct of operations (sometimes flouted in horrific ways) and with some generally accepted markers of victory and defeat.