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Alan James fonds

  • CA ON00093 2005/5
  • Fonds
  • 1923-2003

Fonds consists of a variety of records relating to peacekeeping and collected by Alan James for research as well as teaching purposes. A large number of Alan James’ publications, generally journal articles from 1957 to 1998, United Nations (UN) and NATO records, as well as information on the Falkland Island’s War are contained in the series. Some of Alan James peacekeeping records are arranged generally, or chronologically, but the majority of records, consisting of United Nations (U.N.) records and newspaper clippings relating to peacekeeping, are arranged according to the country. These records concern peacekeeping in forty-three countries and are arranged into the following 25 series:

  1. Publications
  2. Correspondence
  3. Interviews with Alan James
  4. Meetings and Conferences Attended and Travels
  5. United Nations Records
  6. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Records
  7. Records of the Falkland Islands War
  8. Peacekeeping Records: General
  9. Peacekeeping Records: Chronological
  10. Peacekeeping Records in Africa
  11. Peacekeeping Records in Central America
  12. Peacekeeping Records in Europe
  13. Peacekeeping Records in the Caribbean
  14. Peacekeeping Records in India and Pakistan
  15. Peacekeeping Records in the Middle East
  16. Peacekeeping Records in Sri Lanka
  17. Peacekeeping Records in Asia and Asia Pacific
  18. Peacekeeping Records in the Soviet Union and former Soviet States
  19. Multinational Force Observer (MFO) Records
  20. Margaret Joan Anstee Manuscript
  21. Records of the Alexander Haig Resignation
  22. Lester B. Pearson Lecture
  23. Oversize Records
  24. Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis of 1963-64
  25. Britain and the Congo Crisis (1960-63)

James, Alan, 1933-

Britain and the Congo Crisis (1960-1963)

Series consists mainly of documents, records, and notes related to the writing of James’s book Britain and the Congo Crisis, 1960-63 published in 1996. Series includes material from: the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Library, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, the Swedish papers, the Cordier papers, the Bunche Papers, and the UN Archives. Also includes PRO records, interview transcripts, newspaper clippings, Parliamentary debates, as well as photocopies of various papers, parts of books, and articles. Also included in this series are notes and revisions of chapters from Britain and the Congo Crisis 1960-63 and documents related to the publication of the book.

United Nations Operation in the Congo

Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence between Alan James and various others from 1981 to 1990. His correspondents include James O.C. Jonah, Assistant Secretary-General for Field Operational and External Support Activities, and Erika G. Alin, of the National Council on US-Arab Relations (of America). All correspondence relates to peacekeeping and in particular, to the Middle East and Turkey. Aspects of the 1974 Nicosia Airport incident (United Nations Force in Cyprus – UNFICYP), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL), and a visit made by Alan James to the UNIFIL Headquarters in Israel in 1986 are discussed.

Interviews with Alan James

Series consists of 341 prepared questions and answers for an interview series with Alan James conducted by the English PQA Radio Programme. This script was later translated into Arabic and broadcast to the Arabic world. Questions were from journalists from such countries as Jordan, Libya, Iraq and Morocco. Questions are one to two sentences long, and answers are one to two pages in length. Subjects include general information on the United Nations (UN) and international organizations such as Amnesty International and the International Court of Justice. International relations are also discussed, as well as UN organizations such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), incidents such as the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and personalities like Dag Hammerskjöld and Henry Kissinger. The series also contains handwritten notes by Alan James regarding an interview from 28 November 1985 with John Kenny and Col. Pete Woolley regarding the Multinational Force (MNF).

Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis of 1963-64

Series consists of records related to the writing of Alan James’ book Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis 1963-1964 published in 2001. Includes photocopies of records from the Public Record Office (PRO), United Nations documents and National Archives of Canada (NAC) documents for the writing of the book. Also included in this series are newspaper clippings, photocopies, information on the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), papers, publications and articles written by Alan James and various authors and a photocopy of Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis 1963-1964. Also includes PhD and Master theses of Cyprus.

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

Lester B. Pearson Lecture

Series consists of a lecture delivered by Lester B. Pearson while he was Prime Minister of Canada, in the DAG Hammarskjöld Memorial Series at Carleton University on the 7 May 1964. The title is “Keeping the Peace” and reviews developments in the field of United Nations peace-keeping. Also includes a copy of a paper “Guidance on types of forces Canada can most readily provide for use when dealing with requests for support of the United Nations”.

Pearson, Lester B., 1897-1972

Margaret Joan Anstee Manuscript

Series consists of the manuscript of Margaret Joan Anstee’s book "Orphan of the Cold War: The Story Behind the Collapse of the Angolan Peace Process, 1992-1993", published in New York by St. Martin’s Press in 1996. The author sought the advice of Alan James regarding the shortening of the book for publication. This is the personal story of Dame Margaret Anstee's experiences as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN for Angola and Head of the UN peacekeeping mission (United Nations Angola Verification Mission II (UNAVEM II)) there from February 1992 to June 1993. Formerly a colony of Portugal, Angola was awarded independence following the democratization of Portugal in 1975. After independence, disagreement emerged between Angola's main ethno-political groups which resulted in one of the most bloody civil wars the world has known. The author, the first woman to head a peacekeeping mission, intersperses personal experiences with events as they unfold, describing the sufferings of the Angolan people and analyses the reasons for the collapse of the process and the lessons for UN peacekeeping generally.

Anstee, Margaret Joan

Meetings and Conferences Attended and Travels

Series consists of notes and information from meetings and conferences attended by Alan James, often while travelling to foreign countries. Includes notes from discussions with United Nations Military Observers and peacekeeping and foreign policy experts from visits to New York, Washington and India. Also includes notes from a meeting with Mr. Edward Chaplin, Near East & North Africa Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and from conferences and a seminar/workshop attended by Alan James. All notes discuss peacekeeping and peacekeeping missions, especially UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan), UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), MFO (Multinational Force and Observers) and MNF (Multinational Force in Lebanon). Series also includes a chapter of a book and other background information on UNMOGIP.

Multinational Force Observer (MFO) Records

Series consists of records collected by Alan James concerning the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) from 1979 to 1990. The Nuffield Grant obtained by Alan James in the early 1980s was used to finance an article entitled “Politics of Peacekeeping in the 1980s,” which was published in 1983. The series also contains newspaper articles about the MFO written by Alan James in 1984, as well notes from meetings with MFO personnel. The Annual Reports of the Director General of the MFO from 1983 to 1990 are also contained in the series.

Multinational Force and Observers

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Records

Series consists of records related to NATO meetings held in Greece, Koblenez, and NATO Headquarters in Brussels in June, October, and November (respectfully) in 1993. The material from these meetings consists of discussion papers concerning NATO and peacekeeping, as well as a few press releases. The aide-memoire and material from course eighty-three, taught at the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy, in November of 1993, is also contained in this series.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Oversize Records

Series consists of 56 overhead visuals of countries where peacekeeping has occurred in the latter half of the twentieth century. They are arranged according to geographical area and includes the following 7 files: Europe; South America; Central America and Caribbean; Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; and Southeast Asia. There is also a “John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition” of "Life Magazine" from 1963.

Peacekeeping Records - Chronological

Series consists of records related to peacekeeping collected by Alan James and organized chronologically. The records include newspaper clippings, papers, handwritten notes, correspondence, United Nations (UN) documents, and newsletters. The mains subjects are nuclear arms in North Korea and United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia.

Peacekeeping Records - General

Series consists of general records related to peacekeeping collected by Alan James from 1969 to 1987. The records include newspaper clippings, magazines articles, handwritten notes, and United Nations (UN) documents giving various conflicts, situations and actions taking by the UN.

Peacekeeping Records in Africa

Series consists of records relating to peacekeeping mission in fourteen African countries: Angola, Benin, Chad, Egypt, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Transkei, South Africa, Western sahara and Zaire. The majority of the records consist of newspaper clippings, magazines articles, United Nations documents, correspondence and handwritten notes of Alan James.

Peacekeeping Records in Asia and Asia Pacific

Series consists of records relating to four countries within Asia and Asia Pacific. Records for East Timor (1975-1985), the Western Province of Paupa New Guinea (1969-1978) and Vietnam / Cambodia (1979) consist of newspaper clippings and United Nations documents. Also includes newspaper clippings of the Vietnam Supervisory Mission in 1973.

Peacekeeping Records in Central America

Series consists of records relating to peacekeeping in Nicaragua from 1989 to 1994, and in El Salvador from 1990 to 1995. These records consist of newspaper clippings and United Nations documents concerning the United Nations Observer Mission to Verify the Electoral Process in Nicaragua (ONUVEN) and the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL). The series also contains of general records relating to peacekeeping in Central America and the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) from 1987 to 1993.

United Nations Observer Mission to Verify the Electoral Process in Nicaragua

Peacekeeping Records in Europe

Series consists of records relating to peacekeeping in five European countries from 1950 to 1998. These include general records for peacekeeping in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, Cyprus, from 1964 to 1993, and Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina from 1991 to 1998. Also includes records for the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The majority of the records consist of United Nations documents and newspaper clippings.

United Nations Protection Force

Peacekeeping Records in India and Pakistan

Series consists of the papers of Major-General Bruce MacDonald, which describe his involvement in the 1965-1966 United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM). Originally intended to be published, the book was never completed. There are also series records relating to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) from 1971 to 1998. Shafqat Hussain Chauhdry’s thesis for a Doctorate of Philosophy degree entitled United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM), 1965-1966), published in 1979, is also included in the series.

MacDonald, Bruce Fraser

Peacekeeping Records in Sri Lanka

Series consists of newspaper clippings, United Nations documents, and press releases of the Sri Lankian government, the majority of which concern the Tamil Eelam separatist movement. There are also various addresses and published works of Sri Lanakian Presidents J.R. Jayewardene and R Premadasa., President and Prime Mininser (respectively) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Peacekeeping Records in the Caribbean

Series consists of records relating to peacekeeping in Grenada from 1983 to 1984 and in Haiti from 1993 to 1994. The majority of the series consists of United Nations documents and newspaper clippings.

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