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This publication explores the ramifications of the peacekeeping challenge by way of 3 international locations in gentle in their numerous international rules, set within the wider scene of overseas politics. The fee did extra necessary paintings than is usually liked.

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40 Moreover, in contrast to the IndoCanadian relationship, shared peacekeeping experiences in Indochina and the Middle East have had no appreciable adverse impact upon Ottawa-Warsaw ties. Perhaps a realistic appraisal of each other's role from the beginning was helpful, in that there was not much scope for disillusionment and disenchantment. Poland The mainsprings of Polish foreign policy are at once more simple and more tragic than those of Canadian or Indian foreign policy. The lessons of history indicate that Poland should distrust both 24 D Peacekeeping in Vietnam Germany and Russia.

Yet, Poland is probably the weakest link in this imperial chain. The historical enmity toward the USSR is one explanation for this. Thus an invocation of Soviet military support would spell the political demise of any Polish regime. A second explanation for Poland's delicate role in the Eastern European system lies in its geographic position. The facts of geography impart strategic vitality to Poland for the defense and security of the USSR, for the perpetuation of Soviet military control over East Germany, and for future Soviet military plans in or against Western Europe.

In the 1970s, the twin developments of the Sino-Soviet split and Sino-American rapprochement, when coupled with the IndiaChina conflict, meant for Moscow and New Delhi a geostrategic 19 20 Peacekeeping in Vietnam community of interest. India had been among the first to recognize the new Peking regime. From 1950 to 1955, New Delhi displayed an attitude of caution in its relations with Peking, as for instance in the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950. Its policy was twopronged. On the one hand, it strengthened security measures along the mountains in Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal.

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