Principles for a Mali-first security strategy for Canada

Wendy Stocker Africa, Americas, Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons

Briefing 13/1 Author John Siebert Media reports indicate Canadian Parliamentarians will have the opportunity to debate the merits of Canada’s military and other assistance to the UN-sanctioned intervention in Mali. The cautious approach of the Canadian government to date is welcome: send a heavy lift transport plane to assist the French-led military mission, but emphasize non-military Canadian contributions going forward. …

A Mali-first security strategy for Canada

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Armed Conflicts

Author John Siebert Published in the Waterloo Region Record Canadian Parliamentarians soon will have the opportunity to debate the merits of Canada’s military and other assistance to the UN-sanctioned intervention in Mali. To increase the possibility of successfully contributing to stability in Mali and the broader region, certain principles should be followed in making operational decisions about Canada’s current engagement. First …

A Mali-first security strategy for Canada

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, News

Canadian Parliamentarians soon will have the opportunity to debate the merits of Canada’s military and other assistance to the UN-sanctioned intervention in Mali. To increase the possibility of successfully contributing to stability in Mali and the broader region, certain principles should be followed in making operational decisions about Canada’s current engagement. First and foremost, the needs of Mali—rather than Canada’s …

Turning a corner? After decades of civil war, some developments indicate Somalia may be heading toward stability

John Siebert Africa, Armed Conflicts, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 4 Since the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, no one has lost money betting against stability emerging in Somalia. Dubbed the quintessential failed state, Somalia descended into anarchy and crisis as clans and warlords fought each other for influence. The country has been effectively divided into the relatively …

Regime change through force? The temptation to prosecute an all-out war between the Sudans should be resisted on all sides

John Siebert Africa, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2012 Volume 33 Issue 2 The secession of the Republic of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan in July 2011 did not resolve the complex issues left over from the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) process that took effect in 2005. The past year has brought intensifying military confrontations in disputed border areas, …

Chad (1965 – 2013)

Ploughshares Africa, Archived Conflicts, Armed Conflicts

Recently ended conflict (Updated: August 2014) After over 40 years of conflict, a disarmament deal between the main rebel group, the Union of Resistance Forces, and the government was signed in 2010, and the conflict has declined significantly thereafter. In 2010, Chad and Sudan agreed not to host rebel forces; relations with Sudan have improved since. In 2011, Chad held …

Kony 2012: Now that we have your attention

John Siebert Africa, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

No sense just piling on. The Kony 2012 viral video has elevated awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa to stratospheric heights. Over the past few days the critics have weighed in, including many Ugandans. And the folks at Invisible Children, who created the 29-minute video, have responded. We all want the source of insecurity addressed—yes, Kony needs …

Canada redefines the Libya arms embargo

Kenneth Epps Africa, Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

Joël-Denis Bellavance, a reporter with La Press in Montreal, published an article today dealing with Canada’s approval in April of the export of a suitcase-sized drone to the rebel forces in Libya. The export was made in contravention of the UN embargo on supplying arms to Libya. Bellavance based his story on related documents, heavily blacked out, secured through the …

South Sudan’s Unsteady Start

John Siebert Africa, Armed Conflicts, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 The world welcomed its newest state on July 9, 2011. The Republic of South Sudan became the 54th country in Africa, in the culmination of the six-year process outlined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in January 2005 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s …

Familiar Opening Scenes: Libya is rid of Gadhafi, but will Canadian Forces soon be bogged down in another Afghanistan?

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On August 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes since March, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer …