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Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-64

In 1960 the Republic of Congo teetered near collapse as its first government struggled to cope with civil unrest and mutinous armed forces. When the UN established a peacekeeping operation to deal with the crisis, the Canadian government faced a difficult decision. Should it support the intervention? By offering one of the first detailed accounts of Canadian involvement in a UN peacekeeping mission, Kevin Spooner reveals that Canada’s involvement was not a certainty: the Diefenbaker government had immediate and ongoing reservations about the mission, reservations that challenge cherished notions of Canada’s commitment to the UN and its status as a peacekeeper.

296 pages

Table of Contents


1 Prelude to Crisis: Setting the Stage for Canadian Involvement

2 Decision Time: Diefenbaker and the Dispatch of Peacekeepers

3 Deployment: Trials and Tribulations in ONUC’s Early Days

4 Constitutional Crisis: Peacekeeping in a Political Vacuum

5 Continued Chaos: Balancing Peacekeeping and Politics

6 The Challenge of Katanga: Peacekeeping and the Use of Force

7 Preparing for Withdrawal: ONUC’s Final Months





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