Nobel Peace Lectures 2018

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Combating War Crimes Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 1 Spring 2019 “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in …

Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

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An underlying current of fear has run through Europe since the attacks on Paris last November. While life returned to normal in France, ‘normal’ was marred by a continuing state of emergency, increased surveillance, stronger policing and detention powers, neighbourhood raids, and an increased presence of police and weaponry. For five days Brussels, Belgium, launch site for the Paris attacks, …

Canada’s policy on airstrikes: What does it mean?

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By Philip MacFie The Canadian government has decided to remove its F-18 fighter jets from Iraq and make a different contribution to the coalition against ISIS. Policymakers have offered the public and international partners a rationale for the transition, but is this line of reasoning adequate? The government’s position The Liberal Party platform for the 2015 federal election promised: “We …

Canada withdraws jets from Middle East

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What this says about the future direction of Canadian foreign policy By Philip MacFie On October 20, 2015, Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau told U.S. President Barack Obama that Canada would withdraw its jet aircraft from their current mission in Iraq and Syria. The move, at first glance, is about the removal of airplanes from a combat zone. But there is …

Perspective and responding to terrorist violence

Tasneem Jamal

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 1 Spring 2015 Osama bin Laden “hit us where it would hurt the most—right in our sense of perspective” – David Rothkopf The nature of groups that engage in terroristic violence, such as ISIS, has mutated in this second decade of the Great War on Terror. But the lessons …