Peacekeeping Book Launched At KAIPC

Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur with the first book at the launch

A 240-page book chronicling the peacekeeping operations by the Ghana Armed Forces in Liberia and Lebanon has been launched by Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur in Accra.

The book, ‘Ghana Armed Forces in Lebanon and Liberia Peace Operations’, written by Colonel Dr Emmanuel Wekem Kotia, chief instructor and academic programmes coordinator at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), systematically analysed the actual roles played by troops in many of the different conflict context where they have served.

Using his experience as a soldier on peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and Liberia, Colonel Dr Kotia through his book further outlined the tasks, experiences and challenges of Ghanaian troops in the two different peace operations.

Vice President Amissah Arthur lauded the author for putting pen to paper in sharing his experience as a soldier in Lebanon and Liberia.

He said the book which tells the story of the contributions of Ghanaian troops on peace missions by a soldier is something worth encouraging.

‘Authentic telling of our story must be done by us and not by others,’ he said.

He pointed out that the book will not only be a form of reference to the country’s contributions in its peacekeeping missions but also serve as literature that others can use for further studies.

Reviewing the book on behalf of Dr Festus Aubyn, research fellow, KAIPTC, Dr Fiifi Adu Afful, said the book consists of three parts comprising eight interrelated chapters.

Giving participants a glimpse into the book, he said the first chapter talks about Africa’s relation to United Nations (UN) and peacekeeping, with the second chapter examining the philosophical background of the African Union and UN.

Chapters three to seven trace Ghana’s peace mission since 1968, the political setting that led to the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operations, history of Liberia since its independence till the war, the role and challenges of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the framework of the GAF in Liberia and Lebanon taking into consideration peace initiation and enforcement of mandate.

He said the last chapter summarises the earlier chapters and gives recommendations.

Major General O.B. Akwa, commandant, KAIPTC, was proud that ‘today, one of our own, has joined the ranks of that exclusive category of humankind who are emboldened to put their ideas on paper, and are prepared to face the barrage of critical reviewers.’

Major General Akwa was of the belief that many more of soldiers in the Ghana Armed Forces would be inspired to come up with more of such publications in the near future.

‘By so doing, we would be providing a foundational framework or reference point that will inform the analysis of peace operations and the lessons that may shape the planning, conduct and management of future multi-dimensional peace operations in any part of the world,’ he added.

Colonel Kotia in his remarks expressed his appreciation to all who helped him to put together his book.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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