Canada has recently published its long-awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS), which provides a comprehensive roadmap for managing opportunities and mitigating threats in the region. There are plenty of each: the opportunities to increase trade, bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI), and “person-to-person” connectivity (i.e., educational exchanges or cultural programs) are extensive across the theatre. Similarly, however, the Read More…
Ukraine, Russia, and NATO’s Eastern Flank: A Canadian Defence and Foreign Policy Perspective
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Canada has rolled out a slew of measures to defend NATO’s eastern flank. This article summarizes and critically analyzes these recent trends in Canadian defence and foreign policy.
Governor General Mary Simon Brings New Representation to Indigenous Peoples’ Centuries-Old History with Canada’s Armed Forces
In accepting the role as Governor General, Simon brings new representation to Indigenous peoples’ extraordinary, yet often unacknowledged, centuries-old history of fighting for and defending Canada.
Losing the Narrative? The Struggle of the Canadian Armed Forces to Shape its Image
How will the Canadian Armed Forces restore its image? In this article, Jack Burnham considers how the recent sexual misconduct scandals, the war in Afghanistan, and the threat of information warfare shape the public’s perception of the military.
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.
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.
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…
16 Days Campaign: Interview with Commodore Rebecca Patterson
For NAOC’s final contribution to the 16 Days Campaign, Julia Schaumer has sat down with Commodore Rebecca Patterson to find out a little more about Operation HONOUR and what the Canadian Armed Forces are doing about the issue of sexual misconduct in the military.
The Canadian Armed Forces Commemorate the Last Hundred Days of WWI
As the centenary of the First World War draws to a close, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of Defence have stepped up their programs of remembrance. Commemoration is a political act that signals to partners and competitors that Canada remembers its past military successes engages with its heritage, and is ready to serve again in the future if necessary.
Special Report on Defence Policy Pt 1/5: Initial Findings
Canada’s recent Defence Policy presents a 20-year vision for the CAF. Is this policy realistic? This report summarizes Touraj Riazi’s and Ian Pelekis’ initial findings, in the first part of this series.