AUSA’s Noon Report webinar series features presentations by senior Army leaders responsible for key programs and initiatives, as well as contemporary military authors who weave together the past, present and future story of the United States Army.
AUSA’s Noon Report Webinar series invites you to join us on Tuesday, 5 December 2023, at 12:00 EST to hear a presentation by L. Scott Lingamfelter, author of Yanks in Blue Berets: American UN Peacekeepers in the Middle East. While in his first book, Desert Redleg, Lingamfelter recounted his experiences as an artillery officer for the 1st Infantry Division during the Gulf War, in this book—and in this discussion—he will share what it was like for a Soldier who was trained in combat arms to serve instead as a frontline military observer for a peacekeeping mission.
L. Scott Lingamfelter
Author of Yanks in Blue Berets
AUSA Senior Fellow
About the Book
Yanks in Blue Berets: American UN Peacekeepers in the Middle East
In 1948, the United Nations launched the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in response to the conflict that had erupted between Israel and its Arab neighbors—neighbors who profoundly opposed the creation of a Jewish state. UNTSO quickly found itself overseeing the ceasefire lines between combatant parties. In the ensuing decades, as countries along the eastern Mediterranean engaged in a series of escalating military conflicts, UNTSO was continually challenged in its peacekeeping mission, often having to alter its configuration. Matters came to a head in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon for a second time, calling into question the efficacy of UN peacekeeping operations and U.S. support for them.
In Yanks in Blue Berets: American UN Peacekeepers in the Middle East, Lingamfelter chronicles the role of the U.S. military in the UN’s Middle East peacekeeping operations. Framed by his personal experiences, the book examines the difficulties faced by UN forces wedged between warring sides with limited trust in their authority as well as the challenging dichotomy of a Soldier trained for combat yet immersed in unarmed peacekeeping.
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