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Lewis MacKenzie

For 33 years, Major-General Lewis W. MacKenzie served in Canada's armed forces, retiring in 1993. The former military commander is known for his work as a peacekeeper, having served nine tours in Egypt, Cyprus, Vietnam, Central America and the former Yugoslavia. It was his role as Chief of Staff for the United Nations Protection Force in Yugoslavia in 1992 that brought him to international prominence in 1992.

That year in Sarajevo prompted the writing of his highly regarded 1993 book, Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo, a chronicle of his peacekeeping experiences from around the world. The publication was considered a coup in the Canadian book trade for Douglas & McIntyre, mid-sized publishing house based in Vancouver, which had beaten out international publishers in a bidding war. It remains in print today. The book led to his hosting for CBC-TV in 1994, a documentary entitled A Soldier's Peace.

The difficulty of Canada's role in peacekeeping was the subject of Carol Off's 2000 book, The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. There, Off examined the often-problematic work of MacKenzie, General Romeo D'Allaire (appointed to head the UN task force sent to monitor a negotiated peace settlement in Rwanda), and Justice Louise Arbour (the Canadian judge who became the Chief Prosecutor for War Crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing in both countries).

Today, MacKenzie is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, and he remains a sought-after commentator and speaker on world affairs.
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Speaker of the Week #12
In this episode of Speaker of the Week, broadcast Sept. 12, 1997, MacKenzie talks about the challenge of peacekeeping at the Spruce Meadows Round Table in Calgary.

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