Jamie Profile
Jamie Arbuckle
Former Peacekeeper
Author & Researcher on Peace Operations
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In Episode 37 of the Current Issues podcast series, former UN peacekeeper Jamie Arbuckle sits down with new ACUNS co-host Andrew Koltun for a discussion on peacekeeping, intervention and the obstacles to civilian-military cooperation in peace operations. What is the consent issue, and how has the idea of consent evolved since Kofi Annan’s leadership as UN Secretary-General? How does the focus on consent influence the drafting of United Nations Security Council resolutions? In addition to addressing these questions, Arbuckle discusses the cultural divisions which he argues lead to the frequent failures of interagency cooperation between military personnel, civilians and NGO’s, and how integrated training offers a viable solution.

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Jamie Arbuckle, Background

Jamie Arbuckle, O.M.M., C.D. is a Canadian but, like a lot of Canadians, he wasn’t born there. He was born in Dayton, Ohio (product of an earlier Dayton Agreement). At age 18, he immigrated to Canada, and immediately joined the Black Watch, the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, as a private recruit. Three years later, having become a Canadian, he was commissioned a 2 Lieutenant in The Royal Canadian Regiment, in which he served 33 more years. In his military service, Jamie served in light, motorized, mechanized  and airborne infantry. He served four tours with Canada’s NATO forces in Germany, two of those tours with the Bundeswehr.  He has served on peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Since his retirement, Jamie has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Lester B. Pearson International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Nova Scotia, and was a member of the Training and Capacity Building Section of the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  Jamie is the author of the book No Job for a Soldier? Military Forces in 21st Century Peace Operations, published by Routledge in 2006.  He was the English copy editor of A Concise Encyclopedia of the United Nations, ed. Helmut Volger, published by Kluwer Law International in 2002.  In 2010 Jamie established the blog  Peacehawks, which is based on the principle that international peace can and must be enforced, just as are national and local laws. Jamie lives in the Salzkammergutseengebiet in Austria.


Feature Photo Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino