Monthly Archives: March 2009

Obama’s new plan for Afghanistan

Can the Taliban become allies in the campaign against al Qaeda? The Globe and Mail began its main story on President Barack Obama’s new approach to Afghanistan[i] by reporting that the President is “vowing to ‘disrupt, dismantle and defeat’ the … Continue reading

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Canada’s unseemly take on de-alerting

Some 2,000 of the world’s 25,000 nuclear warheads are on constant high alert on missiles that could be launched within minutes of an order to do so. Most governments and security experts have come to the conclusion that these missiles … Continue reading

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Fuelling Wars? Military Exports to Countries in Armed Conflict

In contrast to the United States, Canada largely manages to avoid exporting major Canadian military commodities directly to countries at war.[i] A recent report out of the US[ii] shows the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales program to have entered into arms … Continue reading

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The strengthening Nuclear Abolition Imperative

The international security community is undergoing a remarkable shift in professional judgment on the merits and possibility of abolishing nuclear weapons. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon took up that theme with a new directness when he told a New York … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Still Confusing NATO and ISAF

Defining the security assistance force in Afghanistan as a “NATO” mission misrepresents NATO’s role and has unwelcome implications for how security operations are conducted. In an op-ed in today’s Globe and Mail, retired General Lewis Mackenzie,[i] among the best known … Continue reading

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Canada-India nuclear cooperation a few steps closer

Canada’s failure to push for key non-proliferation conditions in its moves toward resuming civilian nuclear cooperation with India aided the undermining of global standards, but it’s not too late for some corrective measures. Bruce Cheadle of the Canadian Press reported … Continue reading

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Negotiating the Arms Trade Treaty, and learning from Gaza

As work finally gets underway at the UN on a treaty to govern international arms transfers, Amnesty International’s call for an arms embargo on all parties to the Gaza conflict points to principles and processes by which such a treaty … Continue reading

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When Bears Fly

Whatever the real point of Ottawa’s mini-tiff with Moscow last week, one can’t help but conclude that Ottawa will regularly be turning to the Russian Bear to help get Canadians bullish on a new fleet of fighter aircraft. The last … Continue reading

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