WRITERS

(2020,
issue 000)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Since its 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has garnered a reputation among global powers as the model of a so-called “rogue nation” or a “pariah state.” Orchestrating a range of covert actions in the Middle East, from propping up Shia militia groups in Iraq and funding Hezbollah to allegedly bombing foreign oil assets in the Persian Gulf and clandestinely developing a nuclear capability, the ayatollahs have committed themselves to a campaign frequently labelled as bombastic and illogical, serving only to push Iran further away from international acceptance. This paper argues that such strategic and operational measures are driven neither by political shortsightedness nor revolutionary fanaticism, but rather are a calculated policy that seeks to reassert Iran as a regional powerbroker capable of unilaterally determining events in this volatile crossroads of the world, just like its Persian forebearers of classical antiquity. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance – the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid empires – this essay concludes that many of the historical precedents of these ancient states mirror that of the modern Islamic Republic, and that the same lessons of their respective formations and demises can be accurately applied to the “Iran Question” today.

(2019,
issue 2)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Performing more than 20,000 patient-related transports every year, Ornge Air Ambulance serves 13.5 million Ontario residents across more than one million square kilometres.

(2019,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE, JACQUES BRUNELLE

Organized crime and terrorism are innovation-led enterprises that often require passage through airport security. Authorities are in a constant race to stay ahead while streamlining the security process for citizens.

(2018,
issue 4)
CASEY BRUNELLE

FrontLine looks at the effectiveness of simulation and virtual reality training for officers.

(2018,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Effective police training solutions rely on replicating the tactical challenges of response and the importance of informed decision-making strategies. Innovative simulation technologies provide the most advanced training possible.

(2017,
issue 2)
CASEY BRUNELLE

Fundamental advice for the debate on responses to an active shooter situation.

(2017,
issue 2)
CASEY BRUNELLE

A flood of truth complexes intended to shape hearts and minds of voters is overpowering the value of balanced information and empowering a trend towards the Positive Feedback loop and unilateral policy-making. 

(2017,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE

A look at the dangers posed by reckless security policy and the evident lack of contextual understanding by top policymakers.

(2015,
issue 2)
CASEY BRUNELLE

There is an urgent need for new solutions to improve the safety and security of humanitarian healthcare workers deployed in the field.

(2015,
issue 1)
CASEY BRUNELLE

The contentious RCMP purchase and allocation of modern assault weapons continues into 2015. In a 2011 memorandum to RCMP members, then Commissioner William Elliott wrote of “gaps in our operational firearms capabilities.” Yet four and a half years later, the carbines are difficult to find among RCMP patrolling officers qualified to operate them.

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