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This publication goals to supply for a path-breaking cross-regional comparability of the functions and readiness of Asia-Pacific nations to give a contribution to peace aid missions, with a watch to picking rising traits and coverage implications.

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Bellamy, Williams, and Griffin, Understanding Peacekeeping. 36. Eli Stammes, Peace Support Operations: Nordic Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2008). 37. Tardy, Peace Operations after September 11, 2001. 38. For instance, David S. , Politics of Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era (London: Frank Cass, 2005); Derek McDougall, “Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping as Issues for Asia-Pacific Security,” in James Hentz and Morten Boas, New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp.

Tardy, Peace Operations after September 11, 2001. 38. For instance, David S. , Politics of Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era (London: Frank Cass, 2005); Derek McDougall, “Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping as Issues for Asia-Pacific Security,” in James Hentz and Morten Boas, New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. 33–55. 39. R. E. Utley, Major Powers and Peacekeeping (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), is a good example. 40. See Norrie McQueen, UN Peacekeeping in Africa (New York: Longman: 2002); Andrzej Sitkowski, UN Peacekeeping: Myth and Reality (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006); and Beatrice Pouligny, Peace Operations Seen from below (London: Hurst and Co, 2006).

Singapore’s close neighbor, Malaysia, faces no similar constraints in terms of size or conscription. To the contrary, as Kamarulnizam Abdullah notes, the country has harbored ambitions to play the role of champion of the developing world when it comes to international peace operations. Kuala Lumpur has had significant parts to play in major post–Cold War conflicts like Bosnia and Somalia. It has also sought to project its identity as a moderate, progressive Muslimmajority state through UN peace operations as well as non-UN missions such as Aceh and Mindano.

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