Canada’s reluctant participation in peacekeeping in Mali: What it reveals

Branka Marijan Africa, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

When Canada announced that it would not be extending its commitment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali beyond one year, few were surprised. But many are perplexed that Canada is reportedly unwilling to consider a UN request to extend its mission until a replacement Romanian contingent arrives in October, a mere three-months extension. On April 5, a House …

Central African Republic (2014 – first combat deaths)

Tasneem Jamal Africa, Armed Conflicts

 Central African Republic (2014 – first combat deaths)     The Conflict at a Glance: Who (are the main combatants): Since the 2013 coup and the collapse of the Séléka regime, the government of the Central African Republic has attempted to transition to peace, supported by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) and troops from the EU and France. Opposing …

Canada’s future role in UN peace operations

Branka Marijan Africa, Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

It has been almost three decades since Canada was among the leading contributors of troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions. In late 2017, the government announced Canada’s return to peace operations and, in March 2018, Canada deployed an Air Task Force to the UN mission in Mali. With the one-year period allotted for the Canadian mission coming to an end …

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1990-first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Archived Conflicts

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1990-first combat deaths)     Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources Economic Factors   The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the support of some armed militia groups and …

A race to the bottom on migration

Cesar Jaramillo Africa, Asia, Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration

The European Union has recently weakened protections for migrants under the guise of cooperation, writes Cesar Jaramillo, warning of a downward trend. Mere hours before 100 African migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on June 29, European Union leaders appeared cautiously optimistic about a key agreement on migration struck at a two-day EU summit in Brussels. But the deal, which calls for the establishment …

Will Canadian troops support peace in Mali?

Branka Marijan Africa, Defence & Human Security, 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 …

Never Forget the Victims: Prosecuting Charles Taylor, President of Liberia, for War Crimes

Ploughshares Africa, Event, News

UPDATE: Lecture cancelled. We were just informed that due to a huge storm that has hit the Eastern United States, David Crane is unable to travel to Waterloo for his scheduled lecture at the Balsillie School on March 22, 2018, entitled “Never Forget the Victims: Prosecuting Charles Taylor, President of Liberian, for War Crimes.”   Therefore, his lecture has been cancelled. …

Sudan-Darfur (2003 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Armed Conflicts

Sudan-Darfur (2003 – first combat deaths)       Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Government of Sudan, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and supported by official Sudanese forces and the Janjaweed militias in Darfur, against three (mostly) separate insurgencies in Darfur region, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Rebel armed groups include multiple factions …

South Sudan: formerly Sudan (1983 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Armed Conflicts

South Sudan: formerly Sudan (1983 – first combat deaths)   The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Government of South Sudan, with the support of Uganda, opposes rebel militias. Violence is largely between supporters of the government of President Salva Kiir and those loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar. There is dissension within the ranks of the …

Mali (2012 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Armed Conflicts

Mali (2012 – first combat deaths)   The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Mali, supported by France, against Tuareg rebels, mainly the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and multiple Islamist rebel groups, including Ansar Dine, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa …