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Modern Jihad vs. Qur’anic Jihad: Clearing up Western Misconceptions and Eradicating the Legitimacy of Islamic Terrorist Groups

Samer Khurshid in this article serves to clear western misconceptions of Islam, Jihad and the Quran whilst simultaneously eradicating the legitimacy of Islamic Terrorist Organizations like Al – Qaeda.

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Security School in Session: Debriefing GLOBSEC’s 2020 Digital Stage

By: Roger Hilton Defence and Security Fellow As most of Canada fawns over the NHL playoffs and life in much of western Europe and at home returns to the “new” normal, it is necessary for policy planners to maintain their vigilance when it comes to the international security landscape. Thankfully, the arrival of GLOBSEC’s three-day Read More…

Sedrik Pocuch Society, Culture, and Security

Climate Change, Human Rights, Capitalism, and Chinese Expansion: How COVID-19 is reshaping the world

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most important global event since World War II. We are living in a historic period that will change our world forever. Although each of these issues warrants in-depth discussion in its own right, this article aims to begin a conversation regarding how the COVID-19 crisis is currently shaping each of Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Film Reviews

What do Imran Khan and Godzilla Have in Common: Both are bitter enemies of climate change

In 1954, Japan’s Toho Studios released the first Godzilla film (Gojira in Japanese), which drew inspiration from the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki nine years earlier.  Now well into his 60s, you would think that Godzilla should have already planned a smooth retirement. Instead, after a blockbuster 2014 Hollywood re-emergence and a superb Japanese Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

The Bank of Canada’s 2%: A Macroeconomic Stabilizer & Aspect of Alliance Security

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Willow Hillman highlights the role that the Bank of Canada’s inflation targeting and monetary policy has in ensuring Canadian economic security, and the pursuit of the political and military means by which NATO ensures member states’ freedom and security.

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European Investment Bank Shifts Policy

In mid-November, the European Investment Bank (EIB) decided on five new rules to guide its energy lending policy: priority to energy efficiency, enabling energy “decarbonization”, increased finance for decentralized energy production, increased finance for “intermittent” energy sources such as wind and solar, and supporting “energy transformation” outside the EU. The Bank will cease lending in Read More…

Women in Security

Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) at CSIS: What about the Plus?

Despite the longstanding nature of GBA+, there remains no concrete method that can be used to evaluate its implementation into job sectors across Canada, though despite this lack of enforcement, the concept of GBA+ has indeed seen significant improvements in certain workplaces, such as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

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Kashmir: Can The Rules Based International Order Clean it up Without Risking All Out Nuclear War?

Samer Khurshid examines whether the rules based international order can clean up KASHMIR, by providing a glimpse into its troubled past, a possible means to resolve the longest crisis of the UN, and encouraging an end to the violence in Kashmir.

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Assessing Georgia’s Potential Membership in NATO

Ever since it gained independence from the USSR in 1991, Georgia has had an excellent relationship with NATO. In 1994, Georgia joined the NATO-run Partnership for Peace. This was the first step of a long journey for Georgia to become a member of NATO. In 2008, the Russian Army invaded parts of Georgia, which it Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

The WTO and Non-Trade Related Subsidies: are subsidies to green energy producers legal?

In this article, Dan discusses whether subsidies based on non-trade related public policy rationales are legally prohibited according to WTO’s rules. He argues the SCM Agreement’s subsidy regulation regime presents States with legal uncertainty regarding the implementation of legitimate non-trade related public policy-based subsidies.

Women in Security

Gender Perspectives on Disarmament

Increasingly volatile nuclear proliferation threats across the international spectrum present an obstacle to creating a harmonious world order. Two main factors needed to mitigate nuclear proliferation are action and policy-making. A recent example of action towards nuclear disarmament includes the global women’s Peace Movement spread across Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, comprised of women’s Read More…

Women in Security

Why Gendered Corporate Social Responsibility Should Be Legally Binding

The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) calls on companies to take into consideration the social impacts of their actions, and includes aspects of philanthropy, company accountability and stakeholder relations. CSR is a suggestive measure which incentivizes companies to carry out their company activities in a way that is mindful of the social environment in Read More…

Energy Security

The new European Commission and the Future Role of Gas in Europe

The natural gas portfolio of the new European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure security of supply throughout Europe. Simultaneously, it has to determine a role for natural gas towards the envisioned carbon-neutral EU economy of 2050. The EU was first compelled to advance the supply-security aspect of natural gas after the 2006 and 2009 interruptions Read More…

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How The Gendered Wage Gap Impacts Ethnic Minorities

The gendered wage gap has been a persistent hindrance to women’s economic independence and is a product of the patriarchal structure of modern society. As early as 1883, the wage gap between men and women was protested by the Western Union Telegraph Company, who went on strike to ensure “equal pay for equal work”, aligning Read More…

Anvesh Jain Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Diaspora Diplomacy: India’s Global People Power As An Asset of Its National Strategy

India has the world’s largest diaspora population – impacting remittances, military operations, political advocacy, and even Indian grand strategy itself. How does India choose to engage with this diverse community, and what benefits does that engagement bring?

Security, Trade and the Economy

How Developed Countries are Using Preferential Trade Agreements to Address ‘Unfair Trade’ Concerns

In this article, Dan discusses how many in developed countries believe that workers in their jurisdictions have been negatively impacted by trade, primarily as a result of labour cost differences between developed and developing jurisdictions. Whether justified or not, the ‘unfair trade’ complaint has been adopted by politicians in developed countries, many of whom have tried to address disparities in labour cost through bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements with developing countries.

Sedrik Pocuch Society, Culture, and Security

Rassemblement National: Changes and Continuities Under Marine Le Pen

The French Rassemblement National has long been one of the largest populist radical right parties in Europe. In 2011, Marine Le Pen became the leader of the party and started the process of bringing the party into the mainstream in an attempt to get rid of its extremist image. In this special report, I look Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

Trade Diversification: Spotlight on Europe

When you walk into a grocery store in almost any country in the world you are undoubtedly reaping the benefits of trade. Whether in the increased selection or the price tag, globalization has certainly impacted the way we consume and do business. However, trade between two countries leaves both parties vulnerable to each other’s economic Read More…

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Women’s participation in sustainable food production

Food insecurity is a global issue, though it most prevalently affects women and their families in developing nations. Agriculture is one of the main methods of employment for these women, though pervasive gender inequality in many of these areas results in a lack of resources and opportunities for women working in agriculture. According to Cristina Read More…

Women in Security

Initiatives to help refugee women have room for improvement

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in refugees fleeing their countries to seek a better life, whether as a result of war-related crises or due to unsafe conditions caused by natural disasters in their home countries, many exacerbated by the increasingly visible impacts of climate change. According to the UN, “Women represent almost half Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

United States-China Trade War (Infographic)

US-CHINA-TRADE-WARDownload Photo: United States of America Flag (1959), by Dbenbenn via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain. Photo: China Flag (2009), by SKopp via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain. Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in articles are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the NATO Association of Canada.

Security, Trade and the Economy

International Trade Implications on Canadian Business

Following a press release the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo made remarks on the theme of slowing global trade growth earlier this year. In 2017, there was optimism of renewed momentum in global trade which was backed by a 4.6% growth. This period of broad-based growth lasted throughout 2017 and into Read More…

Women in Security

Adapting Military Equipment to Account for Gender Differences

It was not until January 1stof 2016 that women were allowed to apply for combat positions in the United States military. According to Veterans Advocate Jennifer Silva, “This shift opened the opportunity for women to fill 220,000 military combat positions.” The original U.S. military draft was male-only, thus openly excluding women from military service since Read More…

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The Importance of Women’s Inclusion in Counterterrorism

Security-related fields across the international community continue to perpetrate gendered ideals which prohibit women from contributing, specifically in counterterrorism. The existing gender bias associates women in security with roles of peacekeeping, while inherently placing them on the periphery in the counterterrorism sector.  In 2014, the United Nations Secretary General announced that members should “consider the Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats James Cho

Escalating Tensions Between South Korea and Japan Pose Serious Problems for Regional Security

What is happening in East Asia? In this article, James Cho discusses the escalating tension between Japan and South Korea with South Korea’s GSOMIA withdrawal and “No Japan” boycott. He examines possible impact of GSOMIA withdrawal and how it poses problems in East Asia security.

Women in Security

Leaving the Sex Industry in Geneva

This is part two of a two-part series examining the sex industry in Geneva and the psychological and physical impacts of this industry on sex workers. This article specifically focuses on SOS Femmes, an association created in 1940, initially created with the support of the religious establishment, though now funded by the Swiss Government in Read More…

Society, Culture, and Security

U.N. ban on Sri Lanka’s peacekeepers led by alleged war criminal is the tip of the iceberg

The U.N. peacekeeping department last week banned the deployment of non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in U.N. peacekeeping missions, citing the country’s appointment of an alleged war criminal to a top military post. The appointment of Sri Lanka’s new army chief,     Lt. General Shavendra Silva, was criticized by the U.N., the United States, and the Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats James Cho

How Canada is Protecting its Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

In this article, James Cho reviews how Canada is protecting its critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. He examines the 2015 cyberattack on Ukraine’s power grid as an example of cyberattack on infrastructure and introduces the goals of the new National Cyber Security Action Plan by Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

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The Green Future of NATO and the Procurement of Environmentally Friendly Defence Merchandise

On Monday September 23rd, 2019 the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg,at the UN Climate Summit stated “It is very important to underline that climate change is also a security threat because it can change the conditions where people live, create new migrant and refugee crises, affect scarce resources like water, andfuel new conflicts. Climate change Read More…

Women in Security

Entering the Sex Industry in Geneva

This is part one of a two-part series examining the sex industry in Geneva, specifically sex workers’ rights and obligations as well as the work of ASPASIE (Association Genevoise pour la défense des travailleurs.es du sexe), which represents them. In an interview with Sarah Haddjeri, a Junior Research Fellow at the NATO Association of Canada, Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

Debunking the Myth that Agricultural Subsidies Preserve Traditional Lifestyles and the Environment

Since the signing of the GATT, nations have sought to justify their trade distorting agricultural subsidy schemes on the basis of several rationales. In this article, Dan Poliwoda debunks one of those rationales: the myth that agricultural subsidies protect traditional rural lifestyles and the environment. Later, he discusses how anticipated reforms to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy more closely align with this stated objective.

Women in Security

Women of Terrorist Organizations- How Women are being recruited

The current atmosphere of international politics remains a strongly gendered environment in which women continue to be marginalized in both the job sector and within social spheres. The ongoing gendered viewpoint which places women in a position of vulnerability has, in part, contributed to women participating in or even conducting terrorist operations.  The threat of Read More…

Women in Security

The importance of education for girls and women in Haiti

In July 2019, the United Nations for Justice Support in Haiti issued a resolution analyzing economic and political development, the humanitarian situation, community violence, and judicial corruption within the country. Obstacles to development and growth in Haiti include few political alternatives and a judiciary lacking independence from the executive and legislative branches. The paucity of Read More…

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The Fall of Canadian Peacekeeping: Should It Be Revived?

In April 1993, there were 3336 Canadian peacekeepers deployed on UN missions. As of July 31st 2019, there are only 150. What has led to this extreme decline of Canadian peacekeepers? Should the practice of Canadian peacekeeping be revived or completely abolished? In this special report, I look at the history and present situation of Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

#TheAmazonIsBurning – and here’s why

The Amazon is burning. Satellites from the National Institute for Space Research recorded over 30, 000 fires in the rainforest in the month of August, and the fires show no sign of abating. It has been reported that fire activity in the rainforest has not been this severe since nearly a decade ago. The lungs Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy

Making the US-China Trade War About More Than Just Trade

In this article, Dan Poliwoda examines the escalating US-China Trade War, and the growing geo-political threat China poses to the US and its democratic allies. Instead of deescalation, Dan argues the US must redefine its rationale for pursuing the conflict in order to apply broader economic pressure on China through a G-7 led, democratic coalition.

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Canadian Defence Procurement and Civil-Military Relations

In this article, Willow Hillman, considers the utility that developing a military covenant similar to the United Kingdom’s would have for the Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to maintain effectiveness as well as professionally contribute to mending the shoddy defence procurement process.

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Bill 9: Changes to the Québec Skilled Worker Program and the Legal Context of Immigration to Canada

In this article, Willow Hillman provides a comprehensive look at the Québec Bill 9 controversy and outlines the discourse regarding the legality of its changes to the Québec Skilled Worker Program.

Security, Trade and the Economy Wu Xiao

Belt and Road Initiative: Understanding China’s Foreign Policy Strategy

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been a contentious topic in international affairs since it was announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013. The mega-project aiming to connect Central Asia, Europe, and Africa via economic trade routes has received mixed responses from the international community for its lofty goals. Despite criticism about the plan’s Read More…

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The Reality of Social Media and Data Collection: Netflix’s “The Great Hack”

With Netflix’s release of “The Great Hack” late July 2019, Tiffany Kwok reflects on the actions of Cambridge Analytica, and how the data scandal changed the way the world viewed social media data collection.

Sedrik Pocuch Society, Culture, and Security

What Does the World Think About NATO?

What do people think about NATO in distinct regions of the world? The easiest way to answer this question is to look at various NATO opinion polls that have been conducted in different countries over the years. The United States As of 2019, 77 percent of Americans say NATO should be preserved. This support has Read More…

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National Concerns In Local Matters: How Flood Management Can Cause Big Waves For CAF

In this article, Bracebridge native Willow Hillman employs the example of the Muskoka River Watershed Area in the wake of Flood 2019 to consider the national implications of local resource management for the Canadian Armed Forces and Operation LENTUS deployments.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Emma Tallon

Climate Change: An Unspoken Factor in the Syrian Civil War

Climate change crises are on the rise around the world, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. In Syria, the loss of resources and the increasing number of IDPs are increasing the countries’ ever prevalent vulnerability, making it one of the most daunting humanitarian crises of our time.

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The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: How Much More Can Bangladesh Take?

The feeling of not belonging can be one of the most dreadful and trying feelings in the world. For the Rohingya people, this feeling has become a constant, stagnate feeling for the past four years. The Rohingya are an ethnic minority group in Myanmar, although the Rohingya Muslims “are the largest percentage of Muslims in Read More…

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Disinformation and the Upcoming Federal Election: An Interview

With the upcoming 2019 federal election quickly approaching, Tiffany Kwok speaks with Director at NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Mr. Jānis Sārts, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Dr. Joseph McQuade, and Research Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy Dr. Michael Morden on all issues regarding disinformation.

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Insights from “New Perspectives on Shared Security”

As NATO commemorates its 70th anniversary, it’s vital to think about the alliance’s future while celebrating its past and present. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event on the future of NATO in Washington DC, organized by the Hudson Institute, in partnership with NATO’s Public Diplomacy and Policy Planning Unit with the Read More…

Sedrik Pocuch Women in Security

Saudi Arabia’s Appalling Record on Women’s Rights

The case of Rahaf Mohammed, who risked her life to flee Saudi Arabia in January, reminded the world that women in Saudi Arabia suffer from tremendous amounts of abuse and are willing to risk their lives in order to escape from violence at home. Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia are extremely limited compared to those Read More…

NATO and Canada NATO Operations Naz Gocek Uncategorized

Ukraine’s New President and NATO

The second decade of the 21st century has been defined by the rise of political newcomers in Europe as mavericks like Emmanuel Macron, Beppe Grillo and Zuzana Caputova have successfully challenged incumbent politicians. Now, the club has a new member: the recently elected president of Ukraine, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky. He won the runoff election against Read More…

Anvesh Jain Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Special Report – Between Sattva and Tamas: Observing Recent Trends in Indian Grand Strategy

As a commanding victory ushers the return of Prime Minister Modi to the helm of the world’s largest democracy, Anvesh Jain analyses the continuities and changes to Indian foreign policy that have developed under his tenure.

NATO and Canada NATO Operations Naz Gocek Operations Uncategorized

General Wolters Replaces Senator Scaparrotti as Supreme Allied Commander Europe

When people talk about NATO, they often refer to the Alliance as a unitary actor that supports certain values and undertakes specific actions. Sometimes they discuss the policies of its member states. There is nothing wrong with referring to NATO as a single actor or as a group of states; an alliance is meant to Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Wu Xiao

Chokehold on Internet Freedom: State-Run Cyberspace in Russia and China

The vastness of cyberspace and speed of information transfer make it a novel frontier ripe for trial and error. The trend of nations turning towards state-run cyberspace policy is up for discussion after Russia’s expedited approval of the ‘Runet’ law, or sovereign internet bill.

Basel Ammane Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

A New Phase in the Evolution of ISIS

On March 20th, President Trump stood on the White House lawn and announced the defeat of ISIS while holding two maps that displayed the massive difference in terms of the group’s territorial control before and after the operations of the US-led international coalition. A later sequence of developments on the ground have, unfortunately, shown the Read More…

Canadian Armed Forces Farzin Bakhtiar NATO and Canada Uncategorized

Canada in the Korean War: A Day of Remembrance

The first proxy war of the Cold War broke out roughly 69 years ago today, on June 25th, 1950, with the invasion of North Korea onto South Korea across the 38th parallel. It was not until the election of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent in 1948 that Canada changed its character towards Korea and the Read More…

NATO and Canada Sedrik Pocuch

Canada’s Relationship to NATO Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS)

In late February 2019, India and Pakistan engaged in a series of aerial border skirmishes. This conflict is historic in that it was the first time two opposing military forces used airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft against each other. The primary function of this type of aircraft is surveillance: monitoring, detecting, and tracking Read More…

Basel Ammane Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Uncategorized

A Review of Black Code: Surveillance, privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet

           For the past twenty years the internet has become more and more embedded in the lives of millions of people. This change has not just been taking place in affluent developed countries, but has rather spread to many developing countries as well. In fact, the gap is narrowing in terms of the number of Read More…

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Highlights From The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO-PA) Spring Session, Bratislava, Slovakia, May 31-June 3, 2019

Julie Lindhout, immediate past President of the NATO Association of Canada, reviews the recently concluded NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bratislava, Slovakia.

NATO and Canada Willow Hillman

Between a Dragon and an Eagle: What Is the Huawei Controversy and Why Does It Matter to Canadians?

In this article, Willow Hillman outlines the controversy surrounding Huawei and the US’ extradition request for Meng Wanzhou, and explains some of the main reasons why this situation matters to Canadians.

Farzin Bakhtiar NATO and Canada NATO Operations

NATO’s 50th Air Policing Mission – the Baltics

Air policing, a peacetime collective defense mission, is a NATO initiative for safeguarding the “integrity of the NATO Alliance Member’s Airspace”. As this initiative is one tied to the founding principles of the NATO treaty, it further binds members together in a defense coalition. Falling in line with the principles of collective security, NATO members Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Tiffany Kwok

Armed Groups Hinder International Efforts to Treat Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The extinguishing of the 2013-2016 Ebola disease epidemic was considered by the international community to be a full and complete success. Yet, it is 2019 and the ever-pertinent threat of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to hang over the African region. Only this time, the region is not only under attack Read More…

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With fires and floods on the rise, should Canada take a more active stance on climate security?

In light of the latest wave of environmental emergencies gripping the country, David Lazzam examines the possibility of introducing substantial climate security goals to our national defence policy. Do the world’s militaries have a role to play in climate change prevention?

Sarah Haddjeri Women in Security

Women in Politics and their Representation in Media

The media is a critical tool that frames the way we perceive and think of our society, as well as the way we act. It creates and perpetuates narratives and influences how we consider men’s and women’s roles in public and private spheres. Women in the media are often under-represented and portrayed in stereotypical ways. Read More…

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NATO in the Black Sea

Once upon a time, the Ancient Greeks referred to the Black Sea as the “Inhospitable Sea”, inspired by their navigational challenges and the hostile tribes living on its shores. The Black Sea has come a long way since then; today, its waters host vast energy deposits that are traded globally, busy shipping lanes, and countless Read More…

Security, Trade and the Economy Willow Hillman

CBSA Involvement in Border Security Television Show: Balancing Security and Individual Rights

In view of a potential renewal, Willow Hillman situates Canada Border Services Agency’s participation in the Border Security: Canada’s Front Line television show in the broader context of balancing national security with individual rights.

Canadian Armed Forces Farzin Bakhtiar Uncategorized

How the Canadian Armed Forces Protect Canadians from Flooding

As a result of heavy rain and melting snow throughout April, Quebec continues to face the consequences of significant flooding. As of May 13th, thousands are still recovering, with the Laurentians and Outaouais being the most affected. Flooding has also occurred throughout Ontario and New Brunswick, causing officials to keep close watch over the rivers Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats William Lloyd

Making the Case for a Military Candidate in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

The 2020 Democratic nomination is shaping up to be one of the most consequential on record. With 20 candidates in the running, the speculation is suffocating. But for all the animosity, divisiveness, and bickering soon to come, a common cause remains: ensuring Donald Trump becomes just the fourth one-term President since World War II. This Read More…

Sarah Haddjeri Women in Security

The Environmental Implications of Women’s Economic Role in Society

On January 25th, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenage girl, gave a speech at the 2019 Davos World Economic Forum, stating “I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel everyday and I want you to act. I want Read More…

Farzin Bakhtiar Security, Trade and the Economy

Canada’s Economic Security: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Chapter 19

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was first negotiated in 1994, Chapter 19, a dispute settlement mechanism specializing in anti-dumping and countervailing (ADCVD) cases, was heavily contested by Canada. However, the tables have turned almost two decades later, as Canada has fought to preserve the mechanism in recent trade talks. With the renegotiations complete, Read More…

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The Business Behind Security: Germany’s NATO Contribution

The security and policy of a country has often been dependent upon the global community and has required the responsibility of not only themselves but also their allies. However, with shifting transatlantic relations and uncertainty brooding between countries and international organizations like that between the United States and several NATO allies, the cornerstones of what Read More…

Women Women in Security Wu Xiao

The Invisible Struggle of Female Migrant Domestic Workers

The recent confession of a Cyprian army officer murdering five migrant women and two children reopened the dialogue of migrant domestic workers’ (MDW) invisible fight against exploitation and human rights violations. Many juxtapose the MDW industry to modern day slavery. Common mistreatment MDW face include: inadequate or withheld wages, unregulated work hours, confiscation of personal identification, forced labour, physical/verbal abuse, and sexual harassment.

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The Strife over Rights and the Making of 5G Technology

Digital security has become an issue of extreme importance for the international community. Unleashing untapped potential with increasingly efficient, accessible, and customizable technological means has opened up a multitude of opportunities for both societal and human development. In turn, simultaneously being established are the heightened odds of privacy invasion, data collection, and faster data transmissions Read More…

China China Film Reviews Society, Culture, and Security Wu Xiao

The Wandering Earth: China’s Cinematic Space Race

The Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth (Liu Lang Di Qiu) shattered boxes offices in 2019. Directed by Frant Gwo, the movie follows the Liu family’s post-apocalyptic space mission to save Earth from Jupiter’s gravitational orbit. The film’s thematic statements and successful public reception are a reflection of China’s increasing confidence in its space exploration program.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Emma Tallon NATO and Canada NATO Operations

Is Libya Ready for a Democracy?

Libya has experienced an ongoing political crisis since the Arab revolt and protests of 2011.  The aftermath of the protests has led to a civil war, foreign military intervention backed by NATO, the ousting of the former President Muammar Gaddafi. The problems occurring in Libya can be traced back to Gaddafi’s downfall, as Libyan society Read More…

Basel Ammane Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Does the New Saudi Reactor Justify Proliferation Fears?

In early April 2019, Saudi Arabia’s progress in constructing its first nuclear reactor with the assistance of Argentine firm INVAP was the subject of considerable media attention that speculated on the dangers of this development. This was made all the more alarming given the reported nuclear technological assistance to the kingdom that the American administration Read More…

Anvesh Jain Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Tiger’s Echo: What do Last Week’s Easter Attacks Mean for Sri Lanka?

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of eight coordinated bombings targeting the island-nation’s Christian communities, as well as foreign tourists who had planned to spend the holiday season in the country. Over 250 worshippers were murdered during Sunday mass, and well over 500 others were injured or hospitalized. Authorities have traced Read More…

Sarah Haddjeri Women in Security

How does the age of surveillance strengthen gender inequalities and shape women’s online and offline behaviour?

This is the first part of a two part article focusing on gender surveillance analyzing the effects of online and offline surveillance on women and illustrating the ways in which discrimination and sexism are perpetuated as a result.

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Missing The Forests For Their Trees: Defence Spending In The NATO Alliance

Mainstream media fixates on the 2% of GDP benchmark for defence spending among NATO allies when it comes to determining their commitment and contribution to the alliance as a whole. Willow Hillman discussed why focusing on this specific measure distracts allies from pursuing capability-based measures of alliance contributions.

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The Future of North Atlantic Cooperation: A Denmark Perspective

We are excited to be hosting a virtual discussion with H.E. Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Denmark’s Ambassador to Canada on May 11th at 2 PM ET! Register on Eventbrite here! The discussion will focus on Canada-Denmark relations, security interests, transatlantic relations and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also touch upon many other Read More…

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A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea

To register for event click here. See NAOC Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph McQuade discuss his new book with Jawad Hussain Qureshi, Senior South Asia Analyst at the PCO. About this Event Join us to hear NATO Association of Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph McQuade discuss his new book  A Geneology of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of An Read More…

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The Long and Winding Road: NATO and the UN’s Approach to Women and R2P

In this article, Nicole Dougherty, explores how NATO and the UN have approached the topic of Women and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The article explores how the organizations have created policies and practices meant to address this issue and provides some policy suggestions on how they can improve them in the future.

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Media Advisory: Climate Trends, Expected Impacts & What Can Be Done?

To register for event click here. Topics: Current climate warming trend, its expected impact, what can be done and upcoming associated conference. About this Event This media advisory event will be hosted on May 4th at 11 am and be about the current climate warming trend, its expected impact on human security and what should Read More…