A recent news story by the United Nations stated that Al-Shabaab, an insurgent group seeking to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, contributed to a 60% increase in civilian deaths between 2021 and 2022. Due to their violent methods of control, the group exerts a large amount of influence on the Somalian public. Specifically, they Read More…
Women in Security
Women in Security covers a wide-range of issues as it explores the link between women, security, and development. As a forum to stimulate discussion and instructive debates, the NATO Association of Canada will examine the ways in which women both contribute to and are the focus of Canadian and NATO defence and security initiatives. This program also offers a critical look at the structures and institutions that shape the role of women in security at home and abroad.
International Women’s Day: The Past and the Present
In this article, Maya Gandhi traces the history of International Women’s Day, from its roots in the Women’s Suffrage movement to the nature of the activism it inspires today.
From Benazir Bhutto to Jacinda Ardern: Perceptions of Female Prime Ministers
On January 19, 2023, Jacinda Ardern, the 40th prime minister of New Zealand, announced her resignation. As prime minister, she led New Zealand through incredibly difficult times as they faced the Christchurch terrorist attacks, the White Island volcanic eruption, and the Covid-19 pandemic. She was also only the second elected world leader to give birth Read More…
Sexual Abuse in South Sudan: Accountability and Non-Recurrence
When the individuals that claim to provide comfort and support resort to exploitation and abuse, where do those searching for refuge go? Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) cite, established in December 2013 in South Sudan, is home to approximately 37,000 people seeking help from the dangerous political atmosphere surrounding them; however, the reality of certain Read More…
Differing Perspectives: What the Taliban’s Rule Means for Afghan Citizens and Canadian Policy
Many women in Afghanistan have expressed that every day is a battle to be seen, heard, and recognized as autonomous members of their own communities. In August 2021, just as the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban regained power. With this came a promise to uphold women’s rights that would soon be broken. Eighteen Read More…
Connection as Currency: Josée Touchette’s Key to Decision-making
What do multilateralism and human connection have in common? According to Josée Touchette, they both play a role in the solving the world’s most pressing issues. On January 24th, Josée Touchette, Executive Director of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), spoke at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy regarding multilateralism Read More…
Are Peacemaking Processes in Peril?
Is peacemaking in peril? In this article, Maya Gandhi highlights the lack of progress made on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how it could negatively affect the international community’s ability to bring innovative and sustainable peace to regions enduring conflict.
NATO Needs to Act When Member States Curb LGBTQ+ Rights
Hungary frequently discriminates against minority groups, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, violating standards of human rights. In this article, Jordan McEwen and Diana Fodor discuss why NATO should intervene to address Hungary’s rollbacks of LGBTQ+ rights.
The International Implications of Roe v. Wade’s Overturn
The international community has responded to the US Supreme Courts’ overturn of Roe v. Wade. In this article, Jordan McEwen highlights international concerns, specifically for human rights and democracy.
Defying Stereotypes: The Growing Importance of Women in the Armed Forces of the Baltic States
In the northeastern region of Europe, on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, are three small but critical NATO member-states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Referred to collectively as the Baltic states, these countries are members of the European Union and have played an important role in NATO since they joined the alliance in 2004. Read More…