Balancing individual rights and national security

Branka Marijan Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

In his recent remarks at the Economic Club of Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) director David Vigneault indicated that new national security threats are keeping the country’s spies awake at night. While Vigneault acknowledged that terrorism is still a concern, he said that “foreign interference and espionage” are the “greatest threat to our prosperity and national interest.” Vigneault characterized …

Changing the “War on Terror” script

Jessica West Defence & Human Security, Featured, News

Two events brought the ‘War on Terror’ to our attention in recent weeks: the attack on Westminster bridge and Parliament in London on March 22, and the ban on large electronics imposed on a selection of airlines flying from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States and the United Kingdom. Although unrelated, both events …

Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

Jessica West Defence & Human Security, Europe, News

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, …

Molenbeek: The Belgian epicentre of violent extremism

Branka Marijan Americas, Defence & Human Security, News

Until recently, few had heard of Molenbeek, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. Now the media have labeled it “Europe’s jihadi central” and a “haven for jihadists.” The man described as the architect of last November’s Paris terrorist attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, resided there. Five days ago, Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national of Moroccan descent suspected of involvement …

After Paris: Examining resilience

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Briefing 16-1 Published January 19, 2016 Author Jessica West With bravery and kindness, through art, music, and social gatherings—the response to terrorism in Paris has been inspiring. But expressions of resilience and solidarity, in France and beyond, have been accompanied by a hard, excluding edge and the erosion of fundamental values, exposing an underlying fragility and fear. As democratic societies …

Post-Paris revenge: François Hollande’s November speech reveals blind spots

Wendy Stocker Europe, News

By Philip MacFie On November 16, French President François Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament in the wake of the Paris terror attacks three days before. His speech is nothing short of a call for revenge on the Islamic State in Syria. France’s 9/11 Daniel R. Depetris writes of Hollande’s “9/11 moment.” Just as the World Trade Center …

Resilience and the politics of trust

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Building public confidence has emerged as a central component of Ottawa’s counterterrorism strategy Author Jessica West Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 2 Summer 2015 As a slow but steady stream of mostly young Canadians continue to be drawn to the cause of violent extremism, we are faced with the question of what more can be done to stop the flow. …

Civil society can play a key role in preventing and dealing with domestic radicalization

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 1 Spring 2013 A small number of Canadians have always been tempted to fight in wars and conflicts in far-off lands, but those currently traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS are causing acute anxiety on the home front. Developing strategies to prevent conversion to extremism, stop travel abroad to join extremist …

Civil society and domestic radicalization

Wendy Stocker Defence & Human Security, News

By John Siebert Executive Director, Project Ploughshares A small number of Canadians have always been tempted to fight in wars and conflicts in far-off lands, but those currently traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, or to Africa and Afghanistan to join other violent extremist groups, are causing acute anxiety on the home front. Developing strategies to prevent conversion …