Why we failed Afghanistan

Kenneth Epps Asia, Mideast

In Kitchener at “The Word on the Street” event September 21, Graeme Smith spoke about his new book, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now. Smith is a local lad from New Hamburg who broke the 2007 story about Canadian complicity in detainee torture in Afghanistan. His book’s dustcover notes that “Smith devoted more time to southern Afghanistan than any other …

Burney and Hampson on Canada and Afghanistan

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

No, the title isn’t wrong. Former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney and well regarded Carleton international affairs professor Fen Osler Hampson currently are in the news1 for their provocative article in Foreign Affairs, “How Obama lost Canada.”2 The gist of the article is that Canada’s relationship with the U.S. is deteriorating. Among the long list of examples and …

Don’t Close Chapter on Libya, Yet

John Siebert Africa, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Published by the Waterloo Region Record It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Stephen Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On Aug. 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer in control of most …

Libya and R2P

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 11-2 Author John Siebert The NATO implementation of a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians, which began on March 19, has now explicitly morphed into regime change by bombing runs. The intensive daylight bombing of Tripoli on June 7 and recent statements by Canadian government ministers confirm the fundamental confusion between the goals of civilian protection and regime change. …

Since We Can’t Beat the Taliban, Focus on Reconciliation

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security

Author Ernie Regehr Published by The Globe and Mail online If Canada’s newly announced post-2011 military mission in Afghanistan is to amount to more than training Afghan forces for perpetual war, it needs to be accompanied by a parallel diplomatic surge in pursuit of a political settlement of the conflict. The Harper government’s continuing commitment to regional diplomacy is a …

NATO Misses Another Opportunity

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Europe, Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly NATO foreign ministers met in Estonia last month, and the opportunity they missed was for a serious rethink of the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe. The opportunity presented itself in the form of a somewhat guarded joint letter from the foreign affairs ministers of Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, …

NATO’s Nuclear Declarations

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 NATO’s current nuclear declarations are at serious odds with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and with the reinvigorated global attention to the pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons. That makes the current review of the NATO Strategic Concept1 a major opportunity to change course and to cast NATO …

Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons: Conference Report

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Sponsored by the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Canadian Pugwash Group, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares and World Federalist Movement Canada, the report outlines recommendations made during “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons,” a conference held in Ottawa in January 2010. In light of the shift in global thinking for a nuclear weapons-free world, a position championed …

NATO’s Strategic Concept, the NPT and Global Zero

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Briefing 10-1 Author Ernie Regehr At the 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg/Kehl the Alliance Secretary-General was asked to develop a new Strategic Concept. Member Governments called for a participatory review and the Secretary-General appointed a 12-member Group of Experts, chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, to guide the process. Amb. Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, currently the Canadian Ambassador to …

Harper Government Missing on Non-Proliferation

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Authors Ernie Regehr and Douglas Roche Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly Retired senator Douglas Roche is Canada’s former ambassador for disarmament High-ranking officials of the US State Department, NATO and the United Nations were in Ottawa last week to meet with the leaders of five national nuclear disarmament groups and experienced civil society leaders. It was all …