States are under no legal obligation to allow independence referendums, but should still allow them, writes Aidan Simardone.
International Law & Policy
Canada Reaffirms Peace Operations at 2016 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London
What is Canada’s role in international peacekeeping? Sabrina Natale discusses the 2016 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London.
Coffee Talk: The BRICs
This week we discuss the BRICs and their role in the world economy.
Banks, Bombs, and Blood Money: Targeting the Islamic State’s Financial Assets
Is money a legitimate target under international law? Genevieve Zingg examines terrorist financing, and the legal and humanitarian implications of targeting the Islamic State’s financial assets.
Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems- Changing the Environment of Warfare
Sandra Song discusses the two-sided challenge of the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and its implications for the future of warfare, as an introduction to Canada’s Defence Perspectives 2020-2050: Recapitalization and the Canadian Forces
The Right Will Not Be Left Behind
Vedran Kuljanin discusses the rise of far-right political parties in Europe and the real world effects their policies have brought.
NATO’s Challenges in 2016
Matthew Rae explores main concerns for NATO in the new year.
Control and Care in the Surveillance Age
Kelsey Berg provides a philosophical analysis of modern surveillance, with a surface overview of the Canadian surveillance context.
Canada- A New Honest Broker
Matthew Rae discusses the role of the ‘Honest Broker’ in International Relations, and the Canadian government’s approach to returning to ‘Pearsonian’ foreign affairs.
Japanese Defence Budget: Keeping pace with the neighbors and an eye on its islands
In her debut article, Julie-Anne examines the strategic underpinnings of Japan’s 2016 defence budget