The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents a talk by Associate Professor Bob Breen on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999.

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 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.

Bob Breen is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at Deakin University. He served as the Land Commander’s Operations Analyst, 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. Breen’s most recent publication is The Good Neighbour: Australian Peace Support Operations in the Pacific Islands 1980-2006 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 2:00–3.00pm.
Where: Anzac Room, Level 2, 99 York St Conference and Function Centre, Sydney.
Cost: Free. RSVP is essential by Wednesday 6 September 2017 as numbers are restricted.
Contact: 0418 671 582 or rsvp@militaryhistorynsw.com.au

Image courtesy Military History Society of NSW Inc.

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