Canada Needs to Rethink Foreign Policy: Peacekeeping isn’t the Answer
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Canada Needs to Rethink Foreign Policy: Peacekeeping isn’t the Answer

By: Zachary Wolfraim The election of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on 19 October marks the end of a decade of Prime Minister Harper’s dominance in Ottawa. After a grueling 78-day campaign, voters convincingly rejected the Harper government and put a majority Liberal government in place for the first time in 15 years. This … Continue reading

A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy
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A tale of two elections: UK, Canada and lacklustre foreign policy

By Zachary Wolfraim: A Conservative Prime Minister is fighting against a left-wing opponent about which the electorate has continued doubts. At the same time this Prime Minister is faced with challenges from within his own party: attempting to prevent the right-wing elements from pulling away from the moderate image he has sought to project. Despite … Continue reading

A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis
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A reflection on Canadian identity in a moment of crisis

By Joana Cook, Editor-in-Chief, Strife Today Canadians watched in horror as Ottawa was locked down when at least one gunman opened fire at the national Parliament, forcing politicians to barricade doors, journalists to dive for cover, all while streaming live across national and international media. When the dust settled, one reservist and one gunman lay dead … Continue reading

Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity
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Canada’s NATO response: A missed opportunity

By Zachary Wolfraim: Earlier this May I analysed Canada’s tentative re-engagement with NATO given its full-throated defence of Ukrainian sovereignty and its commitment of military assets to NATO’s reassurance mission in Eastern Europe. The deployment of F-18s, the participation of a Canadian frigate in NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group, as well as additional headquarters staff, … Continue reading

General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military
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General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife Interview conducted on 8 May 2014. Graduating from military college in 1960 with a commission in the Canadian Army, John de Chastelain rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). During his tenure, the Canadian military was … Continue reading

Back in the fold? Canada’s tentative re-engagement with NATO
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Back in the fold? Canada’s tentative re-engagement with NATO

By Zachary Wolfraim: Amid the increasing tensions with Russia, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s meeting on 5 May with the head of NATO’s military operations, General Philip Breedlove along with the recent deployment of 6 F-18s to Romania have garnered some Canadian press attention. This represents some of the highest-level contact between the Canadian government … Continue reading