Author Archives: Ernie Regehr

BMD: Cooperative Protection or Strategic Instability

It’s hard to believe, but less than a decade ago, academics, policy analysts, and even officials were exploring US-NATO-Russia cooperation on ballistic missile defence – begging the question: why is that no longer considered an appropriate subject for polite company? … Continue reading

Posted in Defence and Human Security, Nuclear Disarmament, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is the government spending enough on re-equipping the military?

David J. Bercuson (author of the “Eye on defence” column in Legion Magazine, director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary) and Ernie Regehr (Senior Fellow with The Simons Foundation of Vancouver and co-founder … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Conflict, Defence and Human Security, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Can a Fisheries Agreement help Forestall Militarization on the central Arctic Ocean?

If the Cold War is truly back, the news has yet to reach the Arctic. In the high north, putative rivals are having a hard time getting over their habit of cooperating. They’ve been at it again, this time agreeing … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Security, Defence and Human Security, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shielding the Arctic from NATO’s return to Territorial Defence

NATO Defence Ministers have signalled their intention to create a new north Atlantic Command, one with Arctic operations also in mind. Along with current deployments in the Baltic states and Poland, intensified air patrols on its eastern and northern flanks, … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Security, Defence and Human Security, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arctic Coast Guard Forum – Cooperative Security Under Construction

The first ever “live exercise” involving all eight countries of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) rightly has some observers hailing this new forum’s potential for reinvigorating pan-Arctic security cooperation. Significant challenges remain – not the least being ongoing wariness … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Security, Defence and Human Security | Leave a comment

Canada and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The following letter has been sent to the Prime Minister, urging support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and urging the Government of Canada to redouble its nuclear disarmament efforts.  November 15, 2017 The Right Honourable Justin … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why debate in Canada over military drone use is sorely needed

Earlier this year, Canada’s chief of defence staff assured Canadians that the Armed Forces won’t be using the armed drones they are bent on acquiring on “Hollywood” style assassination missions. That is certainly good to know, but it will take … Continue reading

Posted in Arms Trade, Defence and Human Security | Leave a comment

Canada, the Arctic, and the expanding world of drones

“Remotely piloted vehicles” get frequent mention in last spring’s Canadian defence policy statement. They are characterized as integral to a range of new capabilities to be acquired by the army, air force, and navy, as bringing new operational sophistication to … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Security, Defence and Human Security | Leave a comment

Wars and Rumours of Wars: On War Prevention

The idea that there will always be wars and rumors of wars not only has the imprimatur of scripture, but contemporary belief in the inevitability of war and faith in its utility are powerful enough to drive gargantuan expenditures of … Continue reading

Posted in Armed Conflict, Defence and Human Security, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arctic Security and the Canadian Defence Policy Statement of 2017

The Government’s long-awaited defence policy statement, which arrived last Spring, sensibly portrays Arctic security challenges as rooted largely in significant public safety challenges rather than in traditional, or primarily military, challenges to the defence of Canada. The Arctic operations of … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic Security, Defence and Human Security, Uncategorized | Leave a comment