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Five ways Canada could still save lives in Syria
Originally published in Globe and Mail. It will be a tragic irony if the anti-​ISIS Coalition, including Canada, ends up strengthening President Bashar Al Assad rather than saving his Syrian victims. Prime Minister Harper has signalled his government’s willingness to expand Canada’s mission against ISIS, apparently into Syria. Many lives can still …
Roundtable Summary: Caring For Our Own
The following is a summary of the CDA Institute roundtable “Caring for our Own” held in Ottawa on 19 March 2015. These roundtable discussions are held under the Chatham House Rule. This summary reflects the author’s perception of the discussion. The CDA Institute thanks Lockheed Martin Canada for its generous sponsorship of the 2015 Roundtable Disc…
Security & Defence Briefing, 26 March 2015
“A Time of Transition“ This briefing contains: From the Desk of the Executive Director Incoming CDA Institute President New Research Manager and Senior Editor Interview with Outgoing President, General Ray Henault (Ret’d) Summary – 2015 Ottawa Conference on Securi…
THE CONFERENCE OF DEFENCE ASSOCIATIONS (CDA) WELCOMES THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO EXTEND THE MILITARY MISSION AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT (ISIL)
[le français suit] Ottawa, 25 March 2015. The Government of Canada recently brought forward a motion in the House of Commons in order to gain support for its decision to extend and expand the mission against ISIL. Canada’s military mission, Operation IMPACT, will be extended for up to 12 months until 30 March 2016. It will also feature an exp…
Understanding Defence Procurement
Charles Davies, who authored Vimy Paper 20: “Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy: An End or a Beginning,” recently published an article on Canada’s defence procurement in Canadian Military Journal. Introduction There is a view in many quarters that defence procurement is ‘broken,’ or at least in need of significant reform, and various solu…
Hainan Island and China’s South Sea Fleet
Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough published a blog post on China’s South Sea Fleet in the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist blog. We are pleased to repost it on our blog. Recent reports talk about China’s possible establishment of a ‘fourth’ naval fleet with jurisdiction over the Indian Ocean region (IOR), joi…
Jihadistan: Pakistan’s Path towards Extremism and Extermination
Adnan Qaiser provides insights on Pakistan’s increasing religious extremism and path towards self-​destruction. By Adnan Qaiser At the Chicago Summit in May 2012, President Obama stated that the “United States did not want Pakistan to be consumed by its own extremism”. These words echoed the worries of his former National Security Advisor, General…
The state of Obama’s Pacific pivot
Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough published a blog post on Obama’s Pacific pivot in the Canadian International Council’s Open​Canada​.org. We are pleased to repost it on our blog. Attention has recently (and rightly) been focused on security challenges in Europe and the Middle East. Russia’s “hybrid warfare” in Ukraine has rai…

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