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NEWPORT, R.I. - Two Naval War College (NWC) professors and an NWC graduate participated in "The International Workshop on China in Peace Support Operations: Current Perspectives, Future Aims, and Next Steps," held March 18-19, in Oslo, Norway. 

The conference assembled scholars, officials and policy experts from China, Europe and the United States to explore and further understand China's increasing involvement in peacekeeping operations, its implications, challenges and prospects, and the possibilities for deepening cooperation between China and other international partners on peacekeeping matters.

OSLO (March 18, 2010) Professor Paul Smith speaks during "The International Workshop on China in Peace Support Operations: Current Perspectives, Future Aims, and Next Steps," held March 17-19, in Oslo, Norway.  (Photo provided by Kate Walsh)NWC's faculty team included Professors Kate Walsh and Paul Smith, who teach for NWC's National Security Decision Making Department and are affiliates of NWC's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI).  Walsh spoke during the opening remarks and was a panelist for a session on current research perspectives and another on "Looking to the Future: Policy Scenarios & Recommendations."  Smith was a panelist for a session on "China and the Comprehensive Approach."

They were also joined by a NWC 2007 distinguished graduate, Col. Philippe
Rogers, commanding officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  Rogers is an author on Chinese peacekeeping operations.  He moderated a panel on "Operational Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation."  

OSLO (March 2010) Professor Kate Walsh talks with colleagues during "The International Workshop on China in Peace Support Operations: Current Perspectives, Future Aims, and Next Steps," held March 17-19, in Oslo, Norway.  (Photo provided by Kate Walsh)The event was hosted by the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in partnership with CMSI.  The conference was part of a longer-term collaboration between CMSI and SIPRI on China's role in UN peacekeeping.

Agenda for "The International Workshop on China in Peace Support Operations: Current Perspectives, Future Aims, and Next Steps" (.pdf)

From Naval War College Public Affairs