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Canadian Naval Review is published by the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University. It is a professional journal examining a wide range of maritime security issues from a Canadian perspective. It focuses on strategic concepts, policies, historical perspectives, and operations of the Canadian Navy, plus oceans policy, marine affairs, and national security in general. This initiative brings together members of the Canadian defense and academic communities and is a component of the Brian Mulroney Institute's focus on Maritime Security.

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Canadian Naval Review - winter 2020

Volume 15, Number 3 (2020)

Vol. 15, No. 3

The winter issue is filled with an interesting selection of articles and commentaries. We start with the essay that won the 2019 essay contest, “On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN.”

In this article Captain (Navy) Hugues Canuel, RCN, discusses how the Royal Canadian Navy has turned its focus to ships as the National Shipbuilding Strategy begins to produce them. This focus on capabilities, Canuel argues, comes at the expense of thinking about the bigger picture, and he laments the loss of capability in thinking about naval issues.

Our second article examines the new Chinese White Paper on defence, and the implications of its new aggressive tone. A third article looks at why Canada has not taken a more formal stance on freedom of navigation operations in Asia. The author suggests that this is because of the fear the Canadian government has that a formal stance would negatively affect Canada’s claims in the Arctic.

Hypersonic weapon

A final article examines the development of hypersonic weapons and how the RCN should prepare to address these new weapons.

We also have some very interesting commentaries, and an interview with Dr. James Boutilier, a long-time Asia/Indo-Pacific specialist, who retired in the fall.

And of course we also have our fascinating regular columns, book reviews and amazing photos. If you don’t have a subscription yet, you should get one so you don’t miss anything.

As always, keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for the latest updates(@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.

Previous CNR issues

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

The fall issue developed a focus on the Arctic. Highlights:

  • Chinese ship Xue Long visited the Arctic in 2017;
  • Arctic Rangers;
  • US Navy in the Arctic;
  • Dollars and Sense: Stepping up in the Arctic.
Volume 15, Number 1, Spring 2019

Volume 15, Number 1, Spring 2019

In the spring issue we have an article that waxes poetic about the retirement of the Sea Kings after 55 years. Among other topics:

  • Evaluating Justin Trudeau's Shipbuilding Record;
  • Strategic Contribution of the Harry DeWolf Class;
  • Pirates of Venezuela and Worrying Parallels with Somalia;
  • Ships, Sailors and Pawns (crisis in Ukraine).

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