Antonio Garcia, South Africa and United Nations Offensive Peacekeeping Operations: Conceptual Models ( Mwanaka Media and Publishing 2018).

Summary
In this work,  Antonio addresses key concepts relating to the South African National Defence Force and UN offensive peacekeeping operations. The creation of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) as the sharp tactical edge of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), tasked with the neutralising of armed groups, was a watershed moment in the history of modern peace missions. What was more significant was that sub-Saharan national leaders were instrumental in the creation of the FIB (South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi) but lacked the resources to deploy such a force independently. The FIB was thus deployed under the banner of the UN. With the legacy of African Renaissance, and its role in the conception of the FIB, South Africa remains a critical player in international peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa and holds a key strategic role in achieving the FIB’s objectives.  This comes at a critical time where blue helmets are increasingly exposed to complex and challenging security contexts.

The aim of this work is to provide a conceptual model for South African military future operations and UN offensive peacekeeping operations. In this undertaking, a layer of military and Clausewitzian theory is added to offensive peacekeeping operations. Furthermore, there are sections on operational constructs (capstone and operating concepts), doctrine and structural elements, as well a section on mine action. This book contributes towards an understanding of the nature of modern strategy through the lens of UN offensive peacekeeping operations and provides insights into operational challenges.

About the Author
Antonio Garcia is a visiting scholar at New York University, Centre on International Cooperation. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Chartered Geographer (RGS-IBG). Antonio has worked at the intersection of peace and security, training, research and development, operations and doctrine and policy. As a visiting lecturer he has taught and given seminars at Durham University (UK), Columbia University and New York University as well as at various military colleges and schools. He has previously served in the South African National Defence Force as an officer and senior officer for 16 years. During his service he has been deployed in two peacekeeping missions, in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Darfur (UNAMID), serving as a brigade military staff officer and troop commander respectively. Having held various command and staff positions at field and HQ levels, he has also served in internal and regional missions. Antonio has also worked in international development with a focus on intercultural education. As a programme manager at AFS-USA in New York City, Antonio has managed a US Department of State sponsored programme involving 12 international partners.