Central African Republic (2014 – first combat deaths)

Tasneem Jamal Africa

 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 …

Will Canadian troops support peace in Mali?

Branka Marijan 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 …

Africa and the Roots of Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2009 Volume 30 Issue 4 It may surprise some Canadians that leading African spokespersons have embraced the responsibility to protect, or R2P, as a particularly African contribution to human rights standards. After all, Canada initiated the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) that led to the foundational report for the concept in …

Tackling the Small Arms Problem in Africa

Tasneem Jamal

Author Abdul Omar The Ploughshares Monitor September 2000 Volume 21 Issue 3 When Africa ceased to serve as a proxy in the ideological rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union, it was clear that numerous security challenges would come to the surface. One was the problem of freely circulating small arms, which continues to haunt many Africans in an era …