The latest issue of the new-look NATO Review has again
generated a large mailbag, including requests for a letters'
page. In response, this feature will be added in a future
This time, the central theme is peacekeeping,
an area in which the Alliance has become increasingly involved
in recent years. Espen Barth Eide, state secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, examines the evolution of
peacekeeping since the Cold War.
Christopher Bellamy, professor of military
science and doctrine at Cranfield
University, argues that peacekeeping is anything but an
activity for wimps. And David Lightburn of the Pearson
Peacekeeping Center compares how NATO and the United Nations
are applying lessons learned in the Balkans.
In the debate, Bill Nash, director of the
on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action, and
John Hillen, a security consultant to US President George
W. Bush's election campaign, discuss whether soldiers can
be both peacekeepers and warriors.
This subject is revisited in the interview,
in which, among other subjects, General Sir Rupert Smith,
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives his views on
the appropriate tasks for soldiers in peacekeeping operations.
In the book review, Jamie Shea, director
of NATO's Office of Information and Press, reviews five books
which have already appeared on the Alliance's Kosovo campaign.
Elsewhere, Bronislaw Komorowski, Poland's
defence minister, explains his country's military reform programme.
And Carlo Scognamiglio-Pasini, a former Italian defence minister,
explains Italy's expanded role in Balkan peacekeeping operations.
Finally, 25 years after the Committee on
Women in the NATO Forces was formally recognised, Vicki Nielsen,
NATO Review assistant editor, examines the extent to
which women have been integrated in NATO armies. Statistics
illustrating the numbers of women in NATO forces and peacekeeping
operations round out the issue.