Keeping Watch:
Monitoring, Technology and Innovation in UN Peace Operations

Walter Dorn

Royal Military College of Canada and
Canadian Forces College

Knowledge is power. In the hands of UN peacekeepers, it can be a power for peace. Lacking knowledge, peacekeepers often find themselves powerless in the field, unable to protect themselves and others. The United Nations owes it to its peacekeepers and the “peacekept” to utilize modern tools to make its monitoring and surveillance effective. In his new book, Keeping Watch, Professor Dorn explains how technology can increase the range, effectiveness and accuracy of UN observation. The unaided UN military observer with the "mark one eyeball" can observe little. Satellites, aircraft and ground sensors cover wider areas over longer periods of time, while decreasing intrusiveness. Yet, in addition to the numerous benefits of technology for UN Peace Operations, Dorn also outlines the potential problems and pitfalls with modern technologies and the challenges of incorporating them into the UN system.

Walter Dorn teaches military officers and civilians at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) and at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is a professor of defence studies and Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at CFC. He has both studied and served on UN Peace Operations, and worked as a consultant to the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Monday, 5 December 2011
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Alumni Boardroom, Robertson Hall 617
Carleton University
Metered public parking is available
in Parking Garage P9, adjacent to Robertson Hall
Light sandwich lunch will be provided.
Registration is requested by Wednesday, 30 November 2011
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