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"Here is Hell"
Canada's Engagement in Somalia
Grant Dawson  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/15/2006
ISBN: 9780774812979    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/15/2007
ISBN: 9780774812986    

230 Pages


About the Book

For many Canadians, events during the mission to Somalia in the early 1990s remain a stain on our reputation as one of the world’s most respected peacekeeping nations. Grant Dawson’s analysis of political, diplomatic, and military decision making avoids a narrow focus on the shocking offences of a few Canadian soldiers, deftly investigating the broader context of the deployment.

Dawson draws on interviews with key participants and documents made available under the Access to Information Act. He shows how media pressure, government optimism about the United Nations, and the Canadian traditions of multilateralism and peacekeeping all helped to determine the level, length, and tenor of the country’s operations in Somalia. His findings will undoubtedly play a seminal role in informing scholarly debate about this important period in Canadian diplomacy and military engagement.

One of the first scholarly examinations of the Somalia operation, Here Is Hell will interest military and Canadian historians, policy analysts, political scientists, and those concerned with Canadian foreign, defence, and diplomatic history. It will undoubtedly play a seminal role in informing further scholarly debate on this important period in Canada’s military and diplomatic past.

About the Author(s)

Grant Dawson has worked as a committee analyst at the Library of Parliament and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He teaches political science at Carleton and history at the University of Ottawa.

Visit Grant Dawson's website at

Table of Contents




1. Food for Thought: Multilateral Humanitarianism and the Somalia Crisis to March 1992

2. The Canadian Forces and the Recommendation to Stay out of Somalia

3. "Do Something Significant": Government Reconsideration of the Somalia Crisis

4. The Humanitarian Airlift Takes Flight

5. Sticking with the (Wrong) Peacekeeping Mission

6. Problems with the Expanded UN Operation

7. Robust Multilateralism: Support for the Unified Task Force

8. Unified Task Force: Canada's First Post-Cold War Enforcement Coalition

9. Stay or Go? Weighing a Role in the Second UN Mission

10. The Canadian Joint Force Somalia: In the Field




‘an impeccably researched study of how and why Canadian Forces ended up in Somalia.’
- Duane Bratt, Canadian Foreign Policy

‘Grant Dawson’s study is important and should be read by anyone interested in the politics of defence and foreign policy decision making in Canada and in the UN.’
- Douglas Bland, University of Toronto Quarterly

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

History > Canada
International Studies
Security Studies

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