Richard Connaughton is a former officer of the British Army. His last appointment was head of Defence Studies with the rank of colonel, from which he took early retirement. He set up his own consultancy, National & International Consultancy, working for clients in the politico-military field world-wide. He has a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Cambridge and his PhD from Lancaster University is in Politics. He is an honorary research fellow for the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies. He has recently written papers for the Joint Forces Quarterly, Civil Wars and Small Wars and Insurgencies. Details of his books appear on his website: www.connaughton.org.uk His most recent books are MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines (New York: The Overlook Press 2002) and Military Intervention and Peacekeeping: the Reality (Aldershot: Ashgate 2001). His next book, The Rising Sun and the Tumbling Bear, on the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, is to be published by Orion in 2003.
Patrick C. Cammaert is a major-general of the Marine Corps of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Since early 2003 he is Military Advisor to the Secretary-general of the United Nations. Until October 2002 he was in command of the United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). Before commanding UNMEE, general Cammaert served as Commander of the Multinational United Nations Stand-by Forces High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG) and as battalion commander with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and as assistant chief of staff of the Multinational Brigade of the Rapid Reaction Force of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).
Tony van Diepenbrugge is a major-general in the Royal Netherlands Army. After his initial Staff course at the Army Staff College in The Hague he was sent on a Peace Support Mission to Lebanon in 1981 where he worked as a member of the UNIFIL staff. In 1996-97, then colonel Van Diepenbrugge served for six months in the former Yugoslavia as director of the Joint Operation Centre of IFOR headquarters in Sarajevo. From September 2001 until September 2002 major-general Van Diepenbrugge was commander of the Multi-National Division South West in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since October 2002 he is deputy commander in chief of the Royal Netherlands Army.