Will Canadian troops support peace in Mali?

Branka Marijan Featured, News

Almost two years ago, Canada pledged to bolster United Nations peacekeeping missions with as many as 600 troops. The Canadian government finally made good on that promise when it recently announced that it will be sending an estimated 250 troops and six helicopters to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But the news is garnering a lot of negative …

Time to revive Canada’s role as a peacekeeper

Branka Marijan News

By Branka Marijan On September 28, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a summit on peacekeeping on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations (UN). Held while the world wrestles with a growing number of humanitarian crises—including the on-going conflict in Syria—the summit was forced to recognize that inaction is no longer an option. …

2015 Peace and Human Security Agenda: Canada and multilateral peace operations

Kenneth Epps

Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan failed. The reasons will be debated for years to come. What is not debatable is that Canada’s combat escalation in Afghanistan corresponded to a major decline in Canadian commitment to UN peacekeeping operations. The completion of Canadian troop withdrawal from Afghanistan …

Insecurity in Southern Sudan: Prelude to War or the Promise of a New Age?

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 As Sudan moves toward elections in April 2010 and the January 2011 referendum on Southern Sudan succession, instability from the escalation of cattle raiding deaths among pastoralists and attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the south have increased concerns about a return to civil war. Growing violence …

The LRA and the ICC: Bad Facts Make Bad International Criminal Jurisprudence

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 The International Criminal Court (ICC) was created “to investigate, prosecute and punish those who commit war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity”—many of whom would otherwise escape punishment in their home countries (DFAIT 2007). Through the process of prosecuting such individuals, the ICC also intends to deter others from …

Overlooking the Faults of Peacebuilding

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2009 Volume 30 Issue 3 In the course of a few weeks several summary or reflective articles on the meaning, value, and effectiveness of peacebuilding crossed over my electronic transept. Coincidence? Maybe. It was all quite dispiriting at first. A trip to Istanbul in early July put matters into perspective. A journey too far …

Human Security: Setting the Agenda for the Horn of Africa

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2009 Volume 30 Issue 2 Achieving human security, briefly defined as “freedom from fear and freedom from want,” is the best guarantee that a state will have internal stability and peaceful relations with its neighbours. An important new publication by researchers from the region, Human Security: Setting the Agenda for the Horn of Africa, …

“Never Again” Does Not Apply to Sudan

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2009 Volume 30 Issue 2 As I flew over the dusty, endless tracts of uninhabited land from Juba to Wau last September the thought nagged at me: the international community will never ride into Sudan on a white charger to deliver the suffering civilians from their misery in Darfur. No rallying cry “Never again” …

Conversations in Kabul on Military Intervention and Political Reconciliation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2008 Volume 29 Issue 2 Ernie Regehr visited Kabul, Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 to explore, among other things, attitudes and approaches toward political reconciliation and negotiations. The room was like any boys’ high school dormitory. It had all the scattered clothes, books, footballs, electronic music players, and general messiness you would …

Toward a Peace and Security Architecture in the Horn of Africa: Reaching Beyond Incredulity

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2008 Volume 29 Issue 2 The notion that the African Union constitutes a regional security community may strike some with incredulity, considering all the challenges facing the continental organization and its (sometimes unfair) reputation of inefficiency. — Musifiky Mwanasali If the notion that the African continent shares “common security interests” is a cause for …