Peacekeeping planning enhanced during forum in Thailand

Published on Ms Avital Terkowski (author), WO2 Neil Ruskin (photographer)

Location(s): Bangkok, Thailand

LEUT Karthiga Nageswaran with her international colleagues during the peacekeeping exercise PIRAP JABIRU. (photo: WO2 Neil Ruskin)
LEUT Karthiga Nageswaran with her international colleagues during the peacekeeping exercise PIRAP JABIRU.

Navy Legal Officer, Lieutenant Karthiga Nageswaran was given a unique opportunity to join the Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre on the peacekeeping exercise PIRAP JABIRU.

One hundred students and instructors from twenty regional militaries and police forces gathered together for two weeks in Thailand to consider the current issues and future challenges of peacekeeping. 

Lieutenant Nageswaran said she had a strong interest in peacekeeping operations.

“Prior to joining the Royal Australian Navy, I worked at Amnesty International Australia and volunteered with a number of community legal centres as well as the Australian Red Cross," Lieutenant Nageswaran said.

“Within the Royal Australian Navy, I have since undertaken work with the Directorate of Operations and Security Law where I developed an interest in operational law."

PIRAP JABIRU included presentations on the legal framework of peace operations and UN Security Council Resolutions and discussed the Rules of Engagement from a national and UN perspective.

“As I wish to pursue my interest in operational law in the Royal Australian Navy, I found PIRAP JABIRU really insightful and exactly the foundations I am looking for,” Lieutenant Nageswaran said. 

PIRAP JABIRU also aims to replicate the cultural and linguistic challenges faced while working on a peacekeeping mission with military, police and civilian personnel and utilises simulation, lectures, syndicate work and an online learning management system.

"My syndicate members came from a number of different cultural backgrounds and varying levels of English spoken.

“With many having deployed on a UN mission before, the group was very interactive and I learnt a lot from their experiences,” Lieutenant Nageswaran said.

“I hope to deploy on a peace operation in the future and the syndicate exercises allowed us to look at the theory and the challenges of application in the field from start to end of a UN peacekeeping mission.”