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 …

The costs of Canada’s indecisiveness on peacekeeping

Branka Marijan Americas, Defence & Human Security, Featured, News

In Vancouver on November 14-15, Canada will host the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial forum —a key event for UN peacekeeping. One goal of the forum is to “elicit new pledges from Member States to close key capability gaps for UN peacekeeping operations.” Another is to build on the “3Ps (pledges, planning, performance) with an added emphasis on partnerships.” According …

A complicated business: To help those in need we must address underlying policy and political considerations

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Author Samantha Nutt The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2012 Volume 33 Issue 1 Samantha Nutt is the founder of War Child and author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid. This article is excerpted from Samantha’s keynote speech at Project Ploughshares’ 35th Anniversary in Waterloo on Feb. 27. When we think about giving, as Canadians, we think about contributing primarily to …

Colombia’s Best Hope: Ordinary people take peace into their own hands

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Armed Conflicts

Authors Adrienne Wiebe and Bonnie Klassen The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 Colombia has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the Americas identified by the Project Ploughshares Armed Conflicts Report for 20101 as experiencing armed conflict. For over 50 years, this country of rugged mountain ranges and tropical lowlands has suffered from a complex, …

Defence and Human Security

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor December 1999 Volume 20 Issue 4 “Human security,” defined by the Department of Foreign Affairs as “safety for people from both violent and non-violent threats,” is now advanced as one of the fundamental objectives of Canadian foreign policy. Internationally, “human security” is increasingly recognized as the true measure of state security, and yet, in a …