With the possibility that Canadian security forces may be deployed to Mali in order to aid a UN peacekeeping mission, it is necessary to understand what this mission would entail. Nabil Bhatia explains the Malian conflict and analyzes the moral and strategic dilemmas faced by the Canadian government in making this decision.
Canadian nostalgia for peacekeeping can distort the reality of threats faced by Blue Berets. Spenser Man discusses the the role of national memory and lessons learned from the 1956 Suez Crisis.
What can be understood from the Liberal government’s commitments about future Canadian involvement in UN Peace Operations, and are there alternative mission options that attain similar goals but are more aligned with current security interests? Ryan Atkinson discusses.
Earlier this month, defence ministers from 80 countries gathered in London for the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial. Topics on the agenda included: inclusion of more women in military and police contingents of peacekeeping operations, a zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, and building rapid-deployment capabilities for contingents. Unfortunately, of the 80 Read More…
What is Canada’s role in international peacekeeping? Sabrina Natale discusses the 2016 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London.
In a shocking development, the UN recently revealed that for the better part of six years it covered up the significant role its peacekeepers in starting and perpetuating the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Canada was once viewed as a leader of UN peacekeeping missions. However, this role has shifted with the changing nature of global conflicts. Jayson Derow discusses why it would be more effective for the Liberal government to devote military resources to the battle in Iraq and Syria, instead of fragmenting the Canadian Armed Forces to various ineffective missions in Africa to fight the same enemy.
The security of Mali is of great concern to the international community and in particular to France. Roderick Ramsden examines the situation in Mali and discusses whether Canadian participation would be best suited for the ongoing UN mission or in partnership with France, in their broader operations.
Split between defence priorities. Kelsey Berg discusses how Colombia presents an opportunity for Canada to complete valuable work in international peace and security.
Reinforcing Canadian ‘soft power’ in the Americas. Paul Pryce discusses the prospects for Canada and Mexico to monitor an anticipated ceasefire in Colombia’s 50-year civil war.