CATEGORIES

(2020,
issue 1)

Since May 25th, thousands of people of all ethnicities have taken to the streets in multiple cities around the world, as a groundswell movement for real and equal justice for all people began to take hold. Will 2020 finally be the year in which listening turns to hearing, and then to action? Change has indeed begun. Hopefully our leaders will embrace and assist this grassroots progress, but if not, to borrow from General Mattis, we can still do it together. What will you do?

(2020,
issue 1)
BY VALARIE FINDLAY

COVID-19 is both a threat-event and a national security concern, able to expose vulnerabilities of a nation and set the stage for grey-zone tactics by adversaries.

(2019,

Recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabian petroleum facilities evidently are raising concerns about the prospect of similar strikes against other strategic facilities. The extensive damage has spiked an increase in global oil prices.

(2019,

More than a year of partisan bickering in Italy has led to the collapse of its national government. Critics have accused the populist coalition administration of isolating and weakening Italy as it tries to reorient its place within Europe.

(2019,

A Harvard University freshman denied entry to the U.S. when Customs and Border Protection deemed him inadmissible based on information the CBP said was found on the 17-year-old Palestinian’s electronic devices. CBP, declining details, now confirms that “Ismail Ajjawi overcame all grounds of inadmissability.”

(2019,

Germany passes a law to rescind citizenship from dual nationals if they fight for a foreign terrorist militia. The new law, approved Wednesday by the cabinet, will not be applied retroactively and will not apply to minors.

(2019,

Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs since 2010, has been appointed Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats for a five-year term.The agency brings together members of NATO and the EU to provide training on hybrid threats. Tiilikainen’s predecessor,Matti Saarelainen, moves Oct. 1 to the Finnish Security Intelligence.

(2019,

Sixty-three Canadians were among 167 fatalities when a Boeing 737-800 operated by Ukraine International Airlines crashed minutes after taking off from Tehran International Airport 08 January.

(2019,

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Chechen who fought Russian troops and had been living in exile in Germany, was shot in broad daylight in a Berlin park. Police arrested a Russian shortly afterward and have recovered a pistol they say was used in the attack.

(2019,

A proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to legally designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups is on hold at the behest of his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We thank President Trump for respecting our decisions and for choosing to maintain a policy of good neighbourliness, a policy of cooperation with us,” the Mexican leader says. Trump says he would step up “joint efforts to deal decisively” with the cartels.

(2019,

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Biarritz, France, during the latest meeting of G7 leaders at the invitation of the Summit host, President Emmanual Macron. Zarif is reported to have gone directly into a meeting with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

(2019,

Three years ago, Norad sought reassurance, at the highest levels of the military, that Canada was on top of the evolving threat of cyber vulnerability of Canadian Forces bases and related civilian infrastructure. The request by then NORAD Commander U.S. Adm William Gourtney advised General Vance to "work with Public Safety Canada to identify civilian infrastructure that is critical to CAF and Norad missions."

(2018,
issue 6)

The challenge of the 21st century incorporates incredibly invasive infrastructure threats. Direct defence strategies must quickly include these threats as part of any comprehensive national security concept.

(2018,
issue 5)
BY J. PAUL de B. TAILLON

In response to the ongoing political, financial and economic uncertainty and instability, strategists at Germany’s Ministry of Defence developed six possible scenarios and the potential cascading political consequences.

(2018,
issue 5)
BY KEN POLE

Fully operational by mid-August, the Canadian task force is fully involved in logistical support, ferrying UN soldiers around the country in Chinook and Griffon helicopters for “presence projection” missions.

(2018,
issue 4)

Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO’s worst fears could be summed up in two words: Warsaw Pact. Nowadays, it seems, two other words have come to represent NATO’s worst fears: Donald Trump. What kind of impact is Trump having on NATO?

(2018,
issue 4)

For some time now, Turkey has been increasingly seen as NATO’s “odd-man out”.  The reasons given for this assessment are many, but are they justified?

(2018,
issue 4)

The usually calm Canadian summer has been disrupted by the unfortunate penchant for political tweets.

(2017,

The U.S. has failed in its handling of North Korea, and this has created an opportunity for Canada to prove it is ‘back’ on the world stage.