In Memoriam: Denis McLean

The U.S. Institute of Peace was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Denis McLean on March 30, 2011. McLean was a distinguished New Zealand civil servant (including, secretary of defence from 1979-1988 and ambassador to the United States from 1991-1994), professor and a USIP Jennings Randolph Fellow from 1994-1995.

For Immediate Release, March 31, 2011
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725

(Washington) – The U.S. Institute of Peace was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Denis McLean on March 30, 2011. McLean was a distinguished New Zealand civil servant (including, secretary of defence from 1979-1988 and ambassador to the United States from 1991-1994), professor and a USIP Jennings Randolph Fellow from 1994-1995.

At the United States Institute of Peace, McLean’s research focused on multilateral peace operations at a time when Bosnia and Somalia had provided us with “brutal learning experiences.” His research culminated in a USIP monograph “Peace Operations and Common Sense: Replacing Rhetoric with Realism” (published in 1996).

“Denis was a great friend of the Institute and his research and thinking on peace operations remain very relevant today. The Institute greatly benefitted from his keen insights” said USIP President Richard H. Solomon.

Pamela Aall, senior vice president and provost of the USIP Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, recalls McLean’s “unstoppable enthusiasm for engaging with the younger generation of conflict management specialists.”

The Institute extends its condolences to Denis’s wife and three children.

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March 31, 2011