War Studies Seminar: East Timor intervention -reflections for Australia, se...
Australia's involvement in the liberation of East Timor in 1999 was the most decisive demonstration of Australian influence in the region since the Second World War and the nation’s largest military deployment since the Vietnam War. Australian diplomacy and leadership shaped the events that led to the birth of Asia's newest nation. This seminar will be based on the author’s recent edited book, East Timor Intervention, and will examine the events of 1999 in their historical context to draw out important pointers for defence and foreign policy officials contemplating Australia's approach to regional security issues today.
Dr John Blaxland is a senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and writes about military history, intelligence and security and Asia-Pacific affairs. He is a former director of Joint Intelligence Operations at the ADF’s Headquarters Joint Operations Command. In September 1999 he was the lead intelligence staff officer on Headquarters 3rd Brigade, the principal Australian land force formation that deployed to East Timor as part of the intervention. He is author of The Protest Years, The Australian Army from Whitlam to Howard and Strategic Cousins.
Date and Time
Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building
Cnr Garran Road and Liversidge Street
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200