From the Blog

Special ops, photo ops and strategy
CDA Institute guest contributor Eric Morse, co-​chair of security studies at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, explores the broader context to the PMO’s recent gaffe concerning Canadian special forces in Iraq. Apart from reaffirming that photo ops and special ops rarely mix well, this month’s brazen gaffe by the Prime Minister’s Of…
China’s South China Sea strategy: simply brilliant
William Choong, a Shangri-​La Dialogue senior fellow for Asia-​Pacific security at IISS, has written a thoughtful commentary on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist blog about China’s reclamation efforts in the South China Sea. We are pleased to have permission to repost the piece here. In the past 12 months, China has p…
Hybrid war at work in the post-​Soviet space
CDA Institute Blogger Michael Lambert, visiting researcher at uOttawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, writes about the dangers of Russian hybrid warfare approach. We are also pleased to present a French translation of this article below. [le français suit] War is based on the use of the military force to dominate or we…
China’s Burgeoning Navy: Assessing priorities, interests, and objectives
CDA Institute Blogger Adam MacDonald, an independent scholar on Canadian foreign policy and Asia-​Pacific security, explores China’s naval modernization efforts. The People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PLAN) has become the most visible, and concerning, aspect of Beijing’s military modernization program to Western and Asian policy communities. Amb…
Media Roundup, 11 May – 18 May 2015
We are pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on relevant security and defence related issues from the past week. Also look for additional material in our Security & Defence Briefings. ANNOUNCEMENTS Nominations are invited for the 2015 CDA Institute Vimy Award (Silver Anniversary). See the Call for Nominations. Presentatio…
NATO’s Meeting of Foreign Ministers: An Opportunity for Canadian Influence?
CDA Institute guest contributor Mina Jasarevic, an MA candidate in Carleton University, provides a timely commentary on Canada’s role in NATO following the recent Foreign Ministers meeting in Turkey. Today and yesterday, Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson joined allied foreign ministers of NATO countries in Antalya, Turkey for a series of mee…
Defence Budget Scans: Canada, the US and Australia
CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies examines the Canadian defence budget in light of Australia’s recent tabling of its budget and ongoing talks between the White House and Congress on the US defence budget. Defence budgets have been going through annual renewal cycles in Canada and two other nations with whom we have important relati…
Bombing an Ideology: Why the aerial campaign against ISIL is going to fail
CDA Institute guest contributor Amanda Claypool, a Middle East analyst in Washington, DC, comments on the challenges facing the coalition air campaign against ISIL. For more than six months, the United States has led a coalition of regional allies to bomb the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) out of existence. In September 2014, Presiden…

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