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Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents

Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999.

Associate Professor Bob Breen served as the Land Commander’s Operations Analyst in 1999 advising on the planning and preparation of Australian Army units about to participate in the International Force East Timor (InterFET) in 1999. He served with InterFET in 1999/2000 and then with the United Nations Transition Administration East Timor (UNTAET) in 2001/2002. His most recent publication is The Good Neighbour, Australian Peace Support Operations in the Pacific Islands 1980-2006, Volume V, Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations, Cambridge University Press, 2016

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The narrative of Australia’s military involvement in East Timor (Timor Leste) in 1999 focuses on the command and sustainment of a short notice UN-mandated multi-national military intervention in September to restore law and order. Compared with what is now known about Russia’s destabilisation of the Ukraine in recent years, Indonesia’s destabilisation of East Timor in 1998/99 appears to have been a prototype hybrid war. This context adds some new perspectives to the narrative of Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999.

 

Saturday, 9th September 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Anzac Room, Level 2, 99 York St Conference and Function Centre, Sydney CBD

 

Entry is free. RSVP is essential by Wednesday 6th September 2017 as numbers are restricted. Call 0418 671 582 or email rsvp@militaryhistorynsw.com.au

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Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999.

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