Principles for a Mali-first security strategy for Canada

Wendy Stocker Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons

Briefing 13/1

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.

Parliamentarians can best contribute to the Prime Minister’s call for broad public support for Canada’s actions in Mali by affirming guiding principles, against which specific initiatives can be tested.

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