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Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

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Both Competitions will close on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

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Defence Forces Review

CALLING NOTICE

DF Review 2018 – Peacekeeping & Peacemaking Interventions

2018 represents the 60th Anniversary of when in 1958 Irish troops were first deployed on a UN mission since the foundation of the State as Military Observers (UNMOs) in Lebanon. It is also the 40th Anniversary of an Irish Infantry Battalion being deployed to UNIFIL in South Lebanon, where the Defence Forces maintains a significant presence. It is therefore fitting that this years edition of the DF Review should examine a key debate for our times, namely the evolution, development and indeed relevance of Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Interventions; a debate never more focused in view of the continuing catastrophic conflict in Syria and the ripple effects of same including the ongoing refugee crisis.

Papers are invited for submission across the broad spectrum of this evolving sphere of academic studies under the rubric of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution that will discuss the contested humanitarian space and evaluate the principles of peace support operations:

  • The debate between traditional peacekeeping and peace enforcement actions under the UN Charter.
  • Comparisons with peace support operations around the world, both past and present.
  • Contributions that scrutinize the effectiveness of such missions and indeed how and in what terms success can be measured.
  • Discussion of the legal basis and framework or the inherent political constraints on peace support operations.
  • The role of regional organizations such as NATO, the EU, the AU (African Union) in peace-support operations and the often critical yet overlooked role of NGOs in such conflicts.
  • Civil-military relations and demarcation of same on peace support missions.

The DF Review will be published in 2018 in collaboration with NUIG and is delighted to have as part of the joint Editorial Team Dr. Brendan Flynn, Dr. Niall Ó’Dochartaigh and Prof. Ray Murphy. The review will be launched in conjunction with an Academic Seminar held at NUIG (November 2018) hosted by the School of Political Science and Sociology (NUIG), and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, one of the world's premier academic human rights institutions, dedicated to the study and promotion of human rights, international criminal law and humanitarian law.

Proposed papers for inclusion in this year’s Review (250-word abstract) should be submitted to Comdt. Rory Finegan at the Irish Defence Forces Military College, rory.finegan@defenceforces.ie by 30th April 2018.

Those wishing to contribute to this publication must submit their completed paper (c.3,000 words) to the conference organisers by 31st July 2018.

List of Publications

The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]