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What’s New at the CDA Institute, 9 March, 2017

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The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week.


Synergistic Thoughts for Canadas Defence Policy Review: CDA Institute Blog Contributor Eric Dion, a veteran and PhD candidate in management offers his insights and synergistic thoughts for Canada’s ongoing Defence Policy Review.

Super Hornets, eh? Canadian Airpower falls short on North American Defence: CDA Institute readers will be interested in the recent publication in War on the Rocks of an article on the recent Super Hornet announcement by Richard Shimooka, CDA Institute Research Fellow, and Gary Schaub Jr. We have included the opening remarks as well as the link necessary to read the full posting.

Turkey’s Aspirations for Long Range Missiles: Debalina Ghoshal is a CDA Institute Blog Contributor and Research Fellow with the Centre for Human Security Studies, Hyderabad, India.

Open Letter to the Prime Minister: From Former CDS and Air Force Commanders: An open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from former Air Force Commanders concerning the Liberal governments plans for an interim fleet of Super Hornet aircraft.

West Versus East: America’s Triumph to Trump: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser, a political and defence analyst with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, examines challenges to President Donald Trump’s international policy.

Trump’s first week in power and what it means for Canada: Joe Varner, former Director of Policy for the Ministers of National Defence and Justice and iFellow of the Inter-​University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, examines President Donald Trump’s first week in power and what it might mean for Canada.

Chris Kilford: Ottawa likely rethinking budget cutbacks: CDA Institute Blog Contributor Chris Kilford, a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, offers his analysis and insight into the complicated area of defence budgeting and allocation.


Island, interrupted: Peace remains elusive for divided Cyprus (CBC): With the collapse of peace talks in late February, this piece explores the nationalism of both Turkish-​Cypriot and Greek-​Cypriot which has fueled the ongoing dispute, as well as Canada’s peacekeeping operations in the region.

In the era of Donald Trump, Germans debate a military buildup (The Washington Post): In light of the United States calls for states to handle their security independently, Europe’s economic hegemon is also gearing up to become the continents greatest military power with expanding operations and capabilities.

Canada extending military mission in Ukraine until 2019 (CBC): On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada’s military UNIFIER training operation in Ukraine would be extended until March of 2019.

Buying ‘political insulation’: Liberals to call for bids in 2019 for permanent fleet to replace CF-​18s (National Post): As the Liberal government makes its plans for the next federal election, reassessing military procurement, especially concerning fighter-​jets may give them the time they need to stamp out criticism.

China to strengthen defences, no word on budget (Reuters): Though there have been promises of transparency, the Chinese government has not yet released spending figures for the upcoming year despite vows to enhance its maritime and air defence capabilities.

Temporary vice chief of the defence staff named amid mystery over predecessor’s removal (Ottawa Citizen): A brief update concerning the situation surrounding the position of VCDS in the CAF.

Irak: la chute du groupe EI souleve des inquietudes sur l’utilisation de l’aide canadienne (Le Devoir): La question des Kurdes en Irak et la forme du futur qui se forme toujours soulevent des questions difficiles pour le Canada et le monde de repondre.

Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles (The New York Times): With the United States newfound administration attempting to make headway in the realm of security and defence, cyber-​warfare is becoming a much more prevalent tool in the wake of North Korea’s recent missile tests.

Ottawa weighs risks of child soldiers in Mali (The Globe and Mail): While the Trudeau government attempts to maintain its commitments to multilateral peacekeeping efforts, national interest continues to be the driving force behind policy decisions in the face of a demanding U.S. administration.

Military prepares for possible clashes with child soldiers on future missions (The Globe and Mail): As the Trudeau government weighs its option on committing military personnel to missions in Africa, the CAF has published a ‘joint doctrine note’ addressing the potential for major psychological trauma faced by soldiers in cases of contact with child combatants.

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