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 …

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 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 …

The European Union outsources asylum policy and protection

Sonal Marwah Africa, Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration Leave a Comment

In a deal reached in March 2016 between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, “all new irregular migrants” who reached Greece after March 20 were to be returned to Turkey. In exchange the EU would resettle more Syrian refugees living in Turkey, increase its financial support for refugees in Turkey, and remove visa requirements for Turkish citizens (Collett 2016). To …

Canada’s contributions to peace and security in Mali

Wendy Stocker Africa, Americas, Armed Conflicts, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013 The crucial decision about further military contributions is not “boots on the ground” or “no boots on the ground,” but what those boots do when they are on the ground to contribute to sustainable peace in Mali. This applies whether the boots are from Canada, France, Chad, Mali, …

Mali & Non-combat Military Contributions by Canada

Wendy Stocker Africa, Americas, Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 11am – 12 noon, February 14, 2013 Thank you for this opportunity to discuss Canada’s current role in Mali. Let me start by saying that the cautious approach being taken by the Canadian government to events in Mali is welcome. Canada has provided heavy-lift air transport …

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 …