- Reduce the resort to military force by reviewing and proposing changes to Canada’s contribution to international peace and security
- Promote peace in the Horn of Africa through strengthening government and civil society responses to sources of insecurity
- Work with civil society in the Caribbean to control and reduce gun violence and its impact on local communities
Recent Publications on Defence & Human Security
Aid as a weapon? The politics of humanitarianism in SyriaOctober 4, 2017
In 2011, forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad occupied the public hospital in the Syrian town of al-Qusayr. When suspected rebels arrived at the hospital in need of medical attention, regime forces detained, interrogated, tortured, and often executed them. In response, private citizens established an underground clinic to provide medical care in secret. Dr. Abd ar-Rhim Amir provided care ...
Q&A:The journey of an ‘irregular’ refugee claimant to CanadaOctober 4, 2017
‘Mary” is a mother of three and a refugee claimant currently living in Toronto. Originally from Guinea, she went to the United States with her mother as a teenager, but never gained legal status there. After some years, she paid a smuggler to bring her and her children to Canada, to escape an abusive partner. She is currently awaiting a ...
Is the Safe Third Country Agreement putting refugee claimants at risk?October 4, 2017
In December 2016, Razak Iyal (35) and Seidu Mohammed (24) attempted to cross irregularly into Manitoba from North Dakota. Before being rescued by a passing transport truck, they suffered severe frostbite that cost them their fingers. By June of this year, both men, originally from Ghana, had applied for refugee status in Canada. Why did Iyal and Mohammed undertake such ...