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Canada’s Effort to Boost Defense Spending May Be Too Little, Too Late
Shaun McDougall, International Military Markets Analyst with Forecast International, has written a piece exploring Canada’s recent defence budget. We are pleased to repost it here on our S&D Blog. Ottawa has announced a plan to provide the military with sustained annual budget growth of three percent beginning in 2017, providing a cumulative C…
Canada’s nuclear non-​proliferation role
Former diplomat and CDFAI Fellow Marius Grinius commented on Canada’s role at the UN meeting reviewing the NPT from last week’s The Embassy. We are pleased to repost it here on our S&D Blog. Next week, 189 states, including Canada, will meet at the United Nations in New York City to review the Nuclear Non-​Proliferation Treaty. The…
Evolving Security Requirements in the Canadian Arctic
Guest contributor Adam Lajeunesse, a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, explores Canada’s Whole of Government approach to the Canadian Arctic. Over the past decade, resource development and receding sea-​ice have transformed the Arctic from a political afterthought to an area of immediate a…
Media Roundup, 27 April – 3 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 The next CDA Institute Roundtable, “Russia in the Asia-​Pacific: Before and After Ukraine” with Dr. Rouben Azizian, is on Thur…
Christie Blatchford: Troubling report on ‘sexualized culture’ in Canada’s military may overstate problem
Originally published by The National Post, 30 April 2015. Permission to re-​post from Author. At first blush it’s a withering report — there’s a “sexualized culture” within the Canadian Forces that is so pervasive it’s “conducive to more serious incidents of sexual harassment and assault” and so hostile to women that victims rarely bother to …
In Search of Enhanced Defence Cooperation in Europe
Alexandra Gheciu, Associate Professor at uOttawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, writes about growing defence cooperation between Nordic and Baltic countries in the Centre for International Policy Studies blog. We are pleased to have permission to repost it here on our S&D Blog. On April 9, Sweden, Norway, Fin…
THE CONFERENCE OF DEFENCE ASSOCIATIONS (CDA) WELCOMES PRIME MINISTER HARPER’S NOMINATION OF LIEUTENANT-​GENERAL JONATHAN VANCE AS CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF (CDS) OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF)
We are pleased to post the following statement from the Conference of Defence Associations welcoming LGen Jonathan Vance’s nomination as CDS. [le français suit] Ottawa, 30 April 2015. The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) welcomes Prime Minister Harper’s nomination of Lieutenant-​General Jonathan Vance as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of th…
The rise of the European Union as a military power in the 21st century
CDA Institute guest contributor Michael Lambert, visiting researcher at uOttawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, comments on the prospects of a European integrated force. This is an English translation of the original article, which was published on our S&D Blog on 21 April 2015. Having received the Nobel Peace prize in 2012 for deca…

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