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dc.contributor.editorBlaxland, John
dc.contributor.editorFielding, Marcus
dc.contributor.editorGellerfy, Thea
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-04T09:26:31Z
dc.date.available2021-01-04T09:26:31Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierONIX_20210104_9781760464035_4
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/45946
dc.description.abstractAustralia invoked the ANZUS Alliance following the Al Qaeda attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001. But unlike the calls to arms at the onset of the world wars, Australia decided to make only carefully calibrated force contributions in support of the US-led coalition campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why is this so? Niche Wars examines Australia's experience on military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2014. These operations saw over 40 Australian soldiers killed and hundreds wounded. But the toll since has been greater. For Afghanistan and Iraq the costs are hard to measure. Why were these forces deployed? What role did Australia play in shaping the strategy and determining the outcome? How effective were they? Why is so little known about Australia’s involvement in these campaigns? What lessons can be learned from this experience? Niche Wars commences with a scene-setting overview of Australia’s military involvement in the Middle East over more than a century. It then draws on unique insights from many angles, across a spectrum of men and women, ranging from key Australian decision makers, practitioners and observers. The book includes a wide range of perspectives in chapters written by federal government ministers, departmental secretaries, service commanders, task force commanders, sailors, soldiers, airmen and women, international aid workers, diplomats, police, journalists, coalition observers and academics. Niche Wars makes for compelling reading but also stands as a reference work on how and why Australia became entangled in these conflicts that had devastating consequences. If lessons can be learned from history about how Australia uses its military forces, this book is where to find them.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJM Australasian & Pacific history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBW Military history::HBWS Military history: post WW2 conflicts::HBWS4 Afghan War
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBW Military history::HBWS Military history: post WW2 conflicts::HBWS5 Iraq War
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JW Warfare & defence
dc.subject.otherWar
dc.subject.otherAfghanistan
dc.subject.otherIraq
dc.subject.otherAustralia
dc.subject.otherInsurgency
dc.titleNiche Wars
dc.title.alternativeAustralia in Afghanistan and Iraq, 2001–2014
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.22459/NW.2020
oapen.relation.isPublishedByddc8cc3f-dd57-40ef-b8d5-06f839686b71
oapen.imprintANU Press
oapen.pages410
oapen.place.publicationCanberra


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